Ace shuttler and Paralympics Gold Medallist, Pramod Bhagat returned to his home in Attabira under Bargarh district on Tuesday morning (Sept 21). Pramod received a roaring welcome back home for this astounding feat at the games.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met India's Tokyo Paralympics stars, at a function here following their record show in the 2020 Games.
Hailing the Prime Minister for devoting time with the athletes, Thakur said, "He (PM) had hosted the Olympians when they arrived in India and now he is going to host the Paralympians as well."
Badminton was for the first time included as an official sport at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and Indian para-shuttlers put on a stunning show with some aggressive and tactical strategy of play, right from the word go. India had sent five shuttlers to Paralympics and all five reached at least the semis. Four players - Pramod Bhagat, Krishna Nagar, Suhas Yathiraj and Manoj Sarkar produced historic and magical performances in the para-badminton games to etch their names in record books.
Manish Narwal scripted history by winning a gold medal for India at Tokyo Paralympics for shooting on Saturday (Sept 4).
Pramod Bhagat Wins Gold At Tokyo Paralympics
History was created at Tokyo when para shooter Avani Lekhara became the first Indian woman to win a gold medal in the Paralympic Games. The 19-year-old girl from Rajasthan bagged gold in women's 10m Air Rifle SH1 with a world record score of 249.6 in the final. Her campaign did not end there. Avani clinched her second medal of the Tokyo Paralympics on Friday (Sept 3), a bronze in women's 50m rifle 3P SH1 event. With this, she has also become the first Indian woman to bag two medals in Paralympics.
Lekhara had become the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold by claiming the top honours in the 10m air rifle standing SH1 event.
India's Praveen Kumar clinched the silver medal in the men's high jump T64 event of the Paralympics, taking the country's haul to 11 in the ongoing Games here on Friday.
Making his debut at the Games, the 28-year-old's best effort was a 13.48m throw in the eight-strong field. The gold medal in this event went to Uzbekistan's Khusniddin Norbekov, who produced a season's best effort of 16.13m.
Odisha Para Player’s Forum (OPPF) members staged demonstration before the State sports and Youth Services Department alleging apathy and discrimination by the government on Tuesday.
Para-Badminton makes its Paralympic Games debut on Wednesday. World No 1 Pramod Bhagat, the favourite for the title, will get into the action with a Group stage match against compatriot Manoj Sarkar.
This was India's second medal at the Asaka Shooting Range the eighth overall. Avani Lekhara won India's first gold medal in shooting on Monday.
The Games debutant had injured both his legs after falling off a cliff while training after joining the BSF. It is a heartbreaking turn of events for the man from Haryana who was bed-ridden for close to a decade till 2012 and lost both his parents in that period.
India this year is making a big mark at the Tokyo Paralympics by clinching two gold medals in a single day. After Avani Lekhari’s historic performance, Sumit Antil won gold in Men’s Javelin F64 event with a world record throw of 68.55m.
Antil's gold in the second of the day for India, making it the most successful day in the Paralympic Games. Avani Lekhara won the gold medal in women's 10mair rifle SH1 while Devendra Jhajharia and Yogesh Kathuniya won silver medals in the javelin (F46) and discus throw (T56) final. Sundar Singh Gurjar claimed a bronze medal in javelin throw F46, finishing behind Jhajharia.
Six medals in just 24 hours. That’s how impressive India have been at this year’s Paralympics.
Sri Lanka's Dinesh Priyan Mudiyanselage Herath produced a gigantic throw of 67.79 to set a new world record and win the gold medal.
Yogesh Kathuniya, a B.Com graduate from New Delhi's Kirorimal College, sent the disc to a best distance of 44.38m in his sixth and last attempt to clinch the silver.
The 19-year-old finished with a world record equalling total of 249.6, which is also a new Paralympic record.
Vinod comes from a family of army men. His father got injured in the 1971 war. Vinod joined BSF but had to leave after suffering an injury in 2002 when he fell off a cliff in Leh leading to severe injuries to his legs. He was bed-ridden for close to 10 years.
This was India's second silver medal of the day and also the second at the Tokyo Games after Bhavina Patel claimed silver in the women's singles Class 4 table tennis on Sunday morning.
Today, on the National Sports Day, India woke up to an amazing news. Paddler Bhavina Patel scripted history for India by securing a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Zakia and Hossain Rasouli are part of the Afghanistan Paralympic Team that arrived in Tokyo on Saturday, after being evacuated from the worn-torn country as part of an international collaboration. It was said a few weeks back that they may not be able to make it to Tokyo because of the chaos caused by the Taliban's takeover of the country.
Bhavina has assured India's first medal in table tennis at the Paralympics. India's 12 medals at the Paralympics so far have come in three sports -- athletics (3 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze), powerlifting (1 bronze), and swimming (1 gold).