Thursday, January 17, 2019

Sukant Kadam’s incredible story- from a college team reject to becoming World No.2

Early days Things were not easy for Sukant Kadam during his college days, why would it be? The Para-Badminton player had to smash his way to the college team during the 1st year of his Engineering course. From there to...

Rinku Hooda: From the track to the field, on ‘Haryana ki mitti’

Rinku Hooda's introduction to Para sports began after his arm got stuck in a paddy-sowing machine when he was merely 3-years-old. However, that has not stopped the iron-willed athlete from achieving great heights and making the nation proud. In...

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...

Stigma, financial troubles no barrier to success for Rubina Francis

In sports, we often take the relationship between an athlete and their coach for granted. Since most of the development takes place outside the limelight, we often overlook the challenges faced by both the individuals. Instead, we only come...

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...

In Numbers: Manasi Joshi’s amazing consistency makes her a medal prospect in the Asian Para Games

In 2014, three years after a horrific accident that affected her for life, Manasi Joshi played her first international para-badminton tournament. She went in with no expectations, barely having turned pro at that point in time, but came out...

‘Forced to beg in Berlin’: How Kanchanmala Pande may have taken advantage of public sympathy

As a country, India is predominantly divided into two kinds of people, speaking strictly out of an anthropological context. There are people who sensationalise an incident to such an extent that facts, somehow, get more and more obscure which...

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...

Superstition, Self-belief and Finland training key to Sandeep Chaudhary’s world record show

A fourth-place finish in Paralympic Games would be disheartening for many newcomers but not for Indian para javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary. It acted as a catalyst to give him the extra push in the years to come. Two years...

I find no reason for the distinction between Paralympians and Olympians | By Sachin Chaudhary

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...