Tokyo Paralympics: 54 Paralympic athletes from India will represent the country and begin their medal quest at the Tokyo Paralympics on August 25. These 54 athletes will compete in nine sports including archery, athletics (track and field), badminton, swimming, weightlifting. This is the largest contingent ever sent by India to any Paralympics. All 54 athletes are part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS).
Gujarat’s Bhavina Patel and Sonalben Patel will lead the Indian challenge in the table tennis event of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, starting August 25. Bhavina will participate in the Women’s Wheelchair Class 4 category while Sonalben will participate in the Wheelchair Class 3 category. They will enter the women’s doubles pair. Both of them will present their challenge on the first day of the games itself.
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Apart from this, Bhavina is currently ranked eighth and Sonalben 19th in the world rankings. Both of them won medals in the Asian Games. 21 year old Aruna Tanwar will represent India in Para Taekwondo. This player from Haryana will participate in the K44 category of women’s under 49 kg. He is currently ranked 30th in the world rankings. Jaideep and Sakina Khatoon will present India’s challenge in Para Powerlifting.
Born in Bengal, Sakina prepared for the Paralympics at the Sports Authority of India’s (SAI) National Center of Excellence in Bengaluru. Jaideep hails from Haryana and practices at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Rohtak. Sakina will compete in the women’s 50kg weight category.
He won a bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and a silver medal at the 2018 Para Asian Games. Jaideep will present his challenge in the men’s 65kg weight category. He is also the assistant coach of SAI.
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