Tokyo Paralympics is about to take the center stage. After the most successful Olympics ever by the Indian Contingent, the baton has now been passed on to the Paralympic Contingent. As the events unfold, here is a look at some of the best Indian Hopes at the Tokyo Olympic Village. We hope that these bright individuals could as well hoist the Indian National flag on the podium and return back with a medal around their neck.
With gold coming for India with the Javelin, hopes are again high for medals coming in from different categories in this event.
Devendra Jhajhariya- He is the first para-athlete to be awarded a Padma Shri. Also, Devendra Jhajhariya already has two golds to his name. Now, he is looking for a golden hat-trick. Alongside, the entire country wishes that he could do the same.
The other athletes contesting in the different categories of the Javelin Throw event who also have medal aspirations attached to their name include Sandeep Chaudhary, Sundar Singh Gurjar, Ajeet Singh, Sumit Antil, and Navdeep Singh. Now, it will be wonderful if India could get some more medals via Javelin.
Mariyappan Thangavelu- The Flag-bearer for India in the Olympics, Mariyappan is someone the entire country is looking forward to. Also, with the awards like Padma Shri, Arjuna Award, and Khel Ratna award of 2020 attached to his name, Mariyappan has defied the odds. He won a gold in Rio and the country expects him to come brighter this time with yet another medal for the country.
Badminton has become one of the most-watched and liked sports in India. Also, Badminton has already brought three medals for the country at the Olympics in the past. There are a lot of Para-Badminton players who should be watched out for. Hopefully, they will be getting medals in this version of the Olympics this year! Some of the athletes include- Pramod Bhagat, Krishna Nagar, Tarun Dhillon, Suhas LY, Parul Parmar, and Palak Kohli. These athletes have proved themselves in the past. People expect the same from them.
Archer’s too is one of the most competent in India. Also, we have world-level archers in the para categories. They have brought laurels to the country in different athletic competitions organized at different times in the past. One of the most famous of them is Rakesh Kumar, who has won the gold medal in the world ranking Tournament organized in Dubai this year. Other archers include Shyam Sundar, Vivek Chikara and Harvinder Singh, and Jyoti Baliyan.
Avani Lekhara in the shooting range is someone to watch out for. She could get the Indian Flag hoisted as she stands on the podium.
Ekta Bhyan is also someone to look out for.
Though a lot of the para=athletes do not have a previous track record and are not as popularly known, they too are India’s pride. This is a known fact. There could also be some surprise-medal winners, and in this case who hates surprises. As the Tokyo Paralympics unfolds let’s cross our fingers and pray for these beyond the ordinary individuals as they start their journey tomorrow!
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