Tuesday, September 29, 2020
  • Players Speak
  • Coach’s Corner
  • Forgotten Heroes
  • Para Sports
  • From The Grassroots
  • Sports Market
  • Videos
Home Haryana India's medal count will be in double digits at Tokyo Paralympics: Deepa...

India’s medal count will be in double digits at Tokyo Paralympics: Deepa Malik

The sensational thing about Tokyo next year will be India bagging Paralympics medals in double digits

India’s first-ever woman Paralympic medallist, shot-putter Deepa Malik believes the country’s medal count will be in double digits at the Tokyo Games next year.

“At Rio we had doubled the medals, we were a squad of 19. We had two gold, a silver and a bronze. In 2018 (Asian Para Games), we were a squad of 194 and won 72 medals. It has already set the benchmark,” Malik told paddler Mudit Dani during his chat show, ‘In The Sportlight’.

“The sensational thing about Tokyo next year will be India bagging Paralympics medals in double digits,” added the 49-year-old, who had claimed a silver at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Malik, who also has a silver medal from the IPC World Championships, has never let her disability come in the way of her passion.

She had taken inspiration from the injured soldiers of the Kargil war when, in 1999, she was told that she would need a surgery to remove a spinal tumour.

“The hospital to which I was taken for my surgery was full of war casualties. I think that immediately became my inspiration. If these healthy young men were losing a limb in their line of duty, then I have no reason to crib just because I have a disease,” she recounted.

Malik had won the silver in Rio after throwing the shot put at a distance of 4.61m. She was recently elected as the president of the Paralympic Committee of India.

Read Also: Tokyo Paralympic competition schedule will be same next year

147,525FansLike
13,682FollowersFollow
7,893FollowersFollow

It would be lovely to have athletes train together for Olympics: Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra with indian shooters
With care and caution, Indian shooters could start training together for the Tokyo Olympics, feels the country's biggest achiever in the sport, Abhinav Bindra. Earlier this year, the 2020 Olympics was rescheduled to next summer owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the sporting extravaganza is...