5 Incredible Indian Para-athletes You Should Know!
We have rounded up 5 sports persons whose never-give-up attitude will change the way you look at struggles.
- Deepa Malik
Arjuna awardee and Asian champion in shot put Deepa was diagnosed with spinal tumor and was paralyzed from chest down about 12 years ago. Since then she has undergone three spinal tumor surgeries and 183 stitches between shoulder blades, but none of it has stopped her from taking up new challenges. Watch our editor-in-chief’s interview with the brave heart here.
2. Karamjyoti Dalal
Karamjyoti had been suffering from spinal cord issues since she was six. She took up discus throwing just over a couple of years back and from being unranked then, she finished a mighty impressive 4th at the IPC Para-athletics championships in 2015. Read her inspiring story here.
3. Devendra Jhajharia
Devendra was was electrocuted at the age of eight, resulting in amputation of the left arm. He was spotted by Dronacharya Awardee coach RD Singh in 1997 who encouraged him to take up sport full time. His moment of glory came in Athens 2004, when in his first Paralaympic Games, where he went on to set a new world record with a distance of 62.15m, eclipsing the old mark of 59.77m. Watch his awe inspiring Josh Talks here.
4. Suyash Narayan Jadhav
When he was in sixth standard, Suyash suffered serious injuries to his upper limbs after getting electrocuted by unprotected wiring at a construction site. He continued to compete in differently-abled competitions domestically and began to show promise. Last year, he became the first Indian para swimmer to record the ‘A’ qualifying mark for 2016 Paralympics in Rio. Read his story here.
5. Farman Basha
The Bangalore-born Farman is already an Arjuna Awardee and holds a diploma in electronics and television engineering. He was diagnosed with Polio when was a toddler, which lead to permanent physical impairment of his lower body. Read his motivational story here.