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'Khelo India Para Games will be a great platform to earn recognition,' says Nishad Kumar

The 2020 Summer Paralympics Silver medallist from Baduan in Himachal Pradesh, lauds Prime Minister’s initiative to host inaugural edition of Khelo India Para Games

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Updated: 30 Nov 2023 11:57 AM GMT

Indian Paralympian and high jumper Nishad Kumar hailed the efforts of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to host the first-ever Khelo India Para Games. He says that the inaugural edition of the Khelo India Para Games under the able leadership of Shri. Narendra Modi is a stepping stone for athletes at grassroot level to show the world what they are capable of and will also benefit the players immensely.

Nishad, who made his maiden Paralympic Games appearance in 2020 Tokyo representing India, won Silver medal in the Men’s high jump T47 category. In doing so, he also created a new Asian record of 2.06m. In the 2022 Asian Para Games, he clinched the Gold medal in the Men’s high jump T47 at Hangzhou, China.

“When I met the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi after the 2022 Asian Para Games, he said that they have a Special Olympics Scheme for the specially-abled and will provide world-class facilities to the athletes participating. It is great to see that all the players have access to the facilities. Besides this, it is also great to see our Hon’ble Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Shri Anurag Thakur taking an active part in this and motivating the athletes to perform.”

“At the same time, I also believe that Khelo India Para Games will help in getting that confidence in the athletes so that they can perform anywhere in the world. Through Khelo India Para Games, the players will have an opportunity to showcase their abilities and find recognition. The Games will also be a platform for scouting budding athletes who can go on to represent India at the global level,” Nishad added.

Nishad hails from Baduan village of Amb sub-division in Una District, Himachal Pradesh. His father is a farmer and his mother has been a state-level volleyball player and a discus thrower. It comes no surprise that his mother has been his inspiration.

The high jumper also talked about the sports ecosystem in Himachal Pradesh. He said, “Comparing to other states, the sports ecosystem is slowly and gradually growing. I also met Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Shri Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu. He said that in March 2024, they will be coming out with new sports policy. I am sure that in coming years, there will be a lot more athletes from Himachal Pradesh bringing laurels and accolades for the country.”

“I would also like to say that one should believe in himself/herself. Don’t think about the adverse circumstances that surround you. Focus on your training and always give your 100% to get the result you want,” he signed off.

Since 2018, a total of 11 Khelo India Games have been successfully held. This includes 5 Khelo India Youth Games, 3 Khelo India University Games and 3 Khelo India Winter Games.

The first-ever Khelo India Para Games is scheduled to be held from 10th December to 17th December 2023.

Over 1,400 participants from across 32 states and union territories including Services Sports Control Board are expected to participate in the maiden Khelo India Para Games which will witness para athletes vie for honours in 7 disciplines including para athletics, para shooting, para archery, para football, para badminton, para table tennis and para weight lifting. The events will be held across 3 SAI stadiums – the IG Stadium, Shooting Range in Tughlaqabad and the JLN Stadium.

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