Rio 2016

Summer Olympics is over and you all will be wondering why I am writing again for Rio 2016 but this time it is about Paralympics, an international multi-sport event for people who have physical disabilities of any form.  Paralympics generally organized following the summer and winter Olympics and this year Rio is playing host of thousands of disabled athletes.

Ludwig-Guttmann founder of Paralympics

Isn’t it a great idea of giving an international platform of competition to those who are disabled, No, I would say those who are differently abled than normal athletes playing Olympics. We must appreciate Sir Ludwig Guttmann who in 1948 planned a sports event including World War II veterans with a spinal cord –related injury in Stoke Mandeville, England. After Four years competitors from Holland joined the Games, and the international Paralympic movement, was born.

If we put a glance on the history of Paralympics then we would know the international Paralympics Committee was founded in September 22, 1989 in Dusseldorf, Germany. This year Rio 2016 Paralympic Games organized from 7-18 September, 2016.

Like Paralympics, we have one more category of Olympics which is known as Special Olympics. The difference between Paralympics and Special Olympics lie in the disability of participating athletes and levels of sports ability. These two are different organizations recognized by the international Olympic Committee.

23 Paralympics sports, 528 events over the course of 11 days of competition will yield 225 medals for women, 265 for men and 38 mixed medals in Rio 2016 Paralympics. Our Indian Paralympics team is also competing in this international sports event.

India’s athletes are also taking part in events such as club throw, javelin throw, high jump and shooting. Here is the list of 19 athletes who will represent the nation in Rio:

  • Amit Kumar Saroha – Club throw
  • Devendra Jhajaria – Javelin throw
  • Mariyappan Thangavelu – High jump
  • Sundar Singh Gurjar – Javelin throw
  • Dharambir – Club throw
  • Deepa Malik – Shot put
  • Karamjyoti Dalal – Discus throw
  • Ankur Dhama – 1500m
  • Basha Farman – Powerlifting
  • Rinku – Javelin Throw
  • Narendra Ranbir – Javelin Throw
  • Suyash Narayan Jadhav – Swimming
  • Virender Dhankar – Shotput, Javelin throw
  • Rampal Chahar – High jump
  • Sandeep – Javelin throw
  • Sharad Kumar – High jump
  • Pooja Rani – Archery
  • Naresh Kumar Sharma – Shooting
  • Varun Singh Bhati – High Jump

Paralympics Indian Team

Till now India has won 3 medals in Paralympics, which is a great achievement for Indian athletes. Our differently able athletes have marked their presences in the game.

Medal Name Sport Event Date
Gold Mariyappan Thangavelu Athletics Men’s High Jump F42 9 September
Silver Deepa Malik Athletics Women’s Shot Put F53 12 September
Bronze Varun Singh Bhati Athletics Men’s High Jump T42 9 September

Mariyappan Thangavelu, Varun Singh Bhati and Deepa Malik

Our heartiest congratulation to all three athletes who won medals for India. They have converted tragedy into triumphs. We salute all athletes of Rio 2016 Paralympics who have proved to the world that they are not disabled, they are differently abled.

We wish Indian super heroes clinch more medals in the coming events of this excited tournament. Stay connected with for more interesting news of Rio 2016 Paralympics.

Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!! Team India.

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