On Monday, members of the Indian delegation, including competitors and administrators, left for the Paralympics.
By Yashika Goel/The Newster
On Tuesday morning, India’s largest contingent of para-athletes, including shooters, archers, and swimmers, landed in Tokyo for the Paralympic Games.
On Monday, members of the Indian delegation, including competitors and administrators, left for the Paralympics. The members of the Indian contingent were ecstatic when they arrived in Tokyo.
“Our largest group of 17 Para-Athletes, including shooters, archers, swimmers, and javelin throwers, arrived safely at Tokyo Airport. Before we head to the #Paralympics village, let’s hear what they have to say!” SAIMedia sent out a tweet.
The Paralympic Games will take place between August 24 and September 5 this year. There are 17 members in the shooting contingent. It is the country’s largest shooting contingent ever sent to the Paralympics.
Indian athletes Manish Narwal, Deepender Singh, Singhraj, Swaroop Mahavir Unhalkar, Deepak Saini, Sidhartha Babu, Akash, Rahul Jhakar, Rubina Francis, and Avani Lekhara have qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Manish Narwal, Rubina Francis, and Rahul Jakhar not only qualified for the Olympics, but they also set world records in the qualifying events.
Avani Lekhara has been in outstanding form, qualifying for each of the four wheelchair Rifle events.
Singhraj has been in excellent form at the previous World Cups in Peru and the United Arab Emirates, while Rahul Jakhar, Deepender Singh, Sidharth Babu, Swaroop Unhalkar, and Akash have extensive international experience and have proven their worth at the highest level.
A total of 54 Indian competitors will compete in sports like as archery, athletics (track and field), badminton, swimming, shooting, and weightlifting.
Meanwhile, discus thrower Vinod Kumar and javelin thrower Tek Chand are two of the five Indian athletes expected to attend the Paralympics opening ceremony in Tokyo.
At the opening ceremony, Thangavelu Mariyappan, the gold medalist from Rio 2016, was supposed to carry the Indian flag but due to his close contact to a Covid positive person, Mariyappan has gone in isolation and now Tek Chand will carry the tricolor.