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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?

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...

Wheelchair no barrier to my dreams – Paraplegic swimmer, Mohammad Shams

Paraplegic swimmer Mohammad Shams, talks about his journey from a village in Bihar to becoming an international-level champion. Shams is currently in the United States for the Global Sports Mentoring Program, an initiative of the U.S government. I come from...

Para-cyclist Abhishek Gogoi needs help to participate in 2019 Special Olympics

Abhishek Gogoi, the national record-holder para-cyclist had qualified for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which would be held in the month of March next year in Abu Dhabi. This 17-year-old achiever is struggling to raise funds for buying a...

Promoting sports among disabled people in rural India – Wheelchair tennis player, Dilip Kumar Gowda

 Dilip Kumar Gowda, a trustee of Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy in Karnataka, talks about how the organization plans to encourage and promote disabled sportspersons from rural areas. The academy offers assistance to para-athletes based across India, in the form...

The story of Harendra Trivedi, India’s first World Dwarf Table Tennis Champion

His short height made him the target of much teasing in childhood, but India’s first World Dwarf TT champion Harendra Trivedi says his achievements have shown that lack of height has little to do with ability. Here is his...

I find no reason for the distinction between Paralympians and Olympians

When you're born, you are at the mercy of those around you. There is nothing much you can do for yourself. I was born to a simple farmer's family in a UP village near Meerut. Before I was old...