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Para sportspersons are neglected in the country and there are hardly any hue and cry as they continue to struggle financially to compete in tournaments. Why is there such an apathy towards this section of sportspeople?

“Imagination is the biggest asset in Blind Chess”: India’s contingent for the Asian Para Games hopes for recognition

Para sports in itself has been a massively ignored field in India. However, some might believe that in recent years, there has been progress on that front. It is still not recognised as much as it should be, but at...

All eyes on India’s Paralympic 2016 medalists ahead of Asian Para Games

Spectators at the para-athletics event are in for a treat with many Paralympic and World champions from across Asia attending. One of them, China’s Hongzhuan Zhou has six Paralympic and seven world titles and is one of the world’s best T53 wheelchair...

“Chess is a game of vision and not visibility”

Darpan Inani was 3 when he completely lost his eyesight. In an incident that put a rude halt to an otherwise ordinary course of childhood, he was left sightless as the result of an incurable infection. On the other hand,...
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Labelled guilty by the Federation, Prasanta Karmakar recounts his side of the story

Over the last ten days, swimming featured heavily in our lives. Asia's best swimmers made their way to Jakarta to compete in the 18th Asian Games. Naturally, Indian swimmers were amongst them. Several from the Indian team made it into...

Para-sports should not just be noticed for medals: Sharath Gayakwad

In a country where most sports other than cricket get stepmotherly treatment, and badminton is perhaps one of the few sports to have properly entered the public consciousness, swimming is a far cry from people being aware.  And then, perhaps,...

Same old, same old: National Para Games passes its scheduled date with no tournament

Normally, the field of Para-Sports in India has been ignored a lot over the years, if not completely. One would think that this is due to the field not being particularly promising. However, the reality is quite the opposite. Para-Sports...

Heart of gold, will of steel: Satyapal Singh is serving as coach without the limelight

Satyapal Singh has just finished giving instructions to his athletes. He is now making his way towards where I am standing when he catches one of his athletes and jokingly scolds him not to wander around and instead do...

We are the new normal – Para swimmer, surfer, shooter Justin Jesudas on the secret behind his attitude

Disability can happen to anyone but with the right attitude and support, it need not become the end to life as one knew it. Justin Vijay Jesudas' story is a shining example of this. From winning medals at international...

Girish Sharma fights his own race without government support

Rajkot-based Girish Sharma is an embodiment of great willpower and persistence. At 30, the para-badminton player is defying age and his physical challenges to enter the top-10 ranking of para-shuttlers; his sole motivation being representing India at the 2020...

A tale of tryst and chivalry: Madhavi Latha

Not sure if everyone has noticed, but the ones with some special abilities and challenges are the ones who become the strongest and most able ones than their other normal counterparts in this planet. From Stephen Hawking to Sudha...