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Indian athletes’ performance in Tokyo has increased awareness about para-sports: Deepa Malik

New Delhi [India]: Deepa Malik, the President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) feels Indian athletes’ outstanding show in the recently concluded Paralympics have further increased the awareness about para-sports.
Indian contingent on Sunday finished their campaign at the Paralympic Games at an all-time high by securing a total of 19 medals which includes 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals. “Medals in Paralympics have also increased the responsibility. We have not only stamped our authority on the field but we have also increased awareness about para-sports,” Deepa Malik told ANI.
Prior to the start of the Tokyo Paralympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had interacted with the para-athletes. The PCI chief praised PM Modi and thanked all the coaches who helped the Indian contingent achieve a historic feat.
“I want to give credit to PM Modi as he joined our movement. He also interacted with the para-athletes and hence 135 crore Indians joined us,” Malik said.
“I want to thank all coaches, athletes who won medals and performed well in the Paralympics. I also thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI) for its support.
“We were dominant in athletics but this time we performed well in Table Tennis, Shooting and Archery as well,” she added.
Further speaking about how more para-athletes could be helped, Deepa said, “I feel we need to make a helpline centre where people (differently-abled) who wants to play sports and represent India in the tournaments to spread awareness. Also, more coaches should be roped in for para-sports.”
India had sent its biggest ever contingent of 54 para-athletes across as many as 9 sporting disciplines at the Games.
Since making its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968, India had won 12 medals in total till the 2016 Rio edition.
The country has now massively improved upon that entire number by 7 medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 alone.

Want to change colour of my medal in Paris Games, says Sundar Singh Gurjar

New Delhi [India]: Javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar might have won a bronze medal in the recently concluded Paralympics but the star athlete wants to convert his medal into gold in the Paris Games.
Sundar bagged the bronze with a season-best throw of 62.58 on August 30 in the Tokyo Paralympics. “In Rio Olympics, I was disqualified as I was 52 seconds late. I got demotivated at that time and thought everything is finished for me. My coaches motivated me and helped me regained my confidence back,” Sundar told ANI.
“As a result, I became the World Champion in 2017, 2019. Now I have won bronze in the Paralympics and I am extremely happy about this. I will want to change the colour of my medal in the Paris Games and would try to win gold next time,” he added.
Javelin throw has hogged the limelight in India after Neeraj’s gold in the Olympics. And it has improved further after the show from the para-athletes in the Paralympics.
“Everyone in India now knows about javelin, in coming days foreign players would like to come to India for training such is a craze,” said Sundar.
Sundar also credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for inspiring and motivating the athletes.
“We have got support from the government, especially how our Prime Minister Narendra Modi has motivated all the athletes. He congratulated us after winning the medal, before going also he had interacted with us,” said Sundar.
Indian contingent on Sunday finished their campaign at the Paralympic Games at an all-time high by securing a total of 19 medals which included 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals.
“I feel we will win at least 30 medals in the coming Games. We are getting respect but I want coaches should also be given the same respect we’re giving to the medal winners. Some coaches haven’t received their awards yet,” Sundar signed off.

Future of Indian sports is in hands of coaches, says Anurag Thakur

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: The future of India’s sports lies in the hands of coaches, said Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, and Information and broadcasting Anurag Singh Thakur on Sunday.
As per an official release, the Minister visited the Netaji Subhas Southern Centre, Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru and participated in the Teachers’ Day Celebration of the 58th Batch of NIS Diploma in sports coaching. Reiterating the Central government’s renewed focus on sports, the Union Sports Minister addressed the coaches and athletes at the event and said, “Future of India’s Sports lies in the hands of Coaches; On the occasion of teachers’ day, let’s resolve to nurture and polish athletes with best of training and ensure they bring forth star athletes of Olympian standards.”
According to the release, there are currently over 160 athletes undergoing high-performance training at the Bangalore Centre of the SAI under the National Centres of Excellence (NCOE) scheme in five disciplines; besides, 168 trainee coaches are undergoing diploma courses in Sports Coaching in 9 disciplines and shall soon be passing out as young coaches.
“SAI is also emphasising on the sports sciences support in the high-performance training wherein a battery of young sports scientists has recently been inducted to support the training processes with modern scientific approach and the latest research,’ said the release.
DG, SAI, Sandip Pradhan and Ritu Pathik, Regional Director, SAI, Bengaluru Centre, were also present at the event.

Tokyo Paralympics: Shuttler Pramod Bhagat beats Japan’s Daisuke, enters final

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian shuttler Pramod Bhagat on Saturday entered the final after defeating Daisuke Fujihara of Japan 21-11, 21-16 in the men’s singles SL3 semi-final of the Tokyo Paralympics.
Bhagat, the world number one, dominated the proceedings and won the match in straight sets to reach the final. Daisuke had taken a two-point lead but it was for a short period of time as Bhagat came back to seal the first Game 21-11.
In the second Game, Bhagat again dominated the proceedings and took an early lead in the essay.
Bhagat then took a three-point lead as the scores reached 7-4 with the Japanese shuttler giving a tough fight to the Indian athlete. He then completed the win in the second game in just 21 minutes.
On Friday, Indian duo Pramod Bhagat and Palak Kohli defeated N Saensupa and Siripong Teamarrom 2-0 in mixed doubles SL3 SU5 Group match to move to the semi-finals.

Tokyo Paralympics: India’s Tarun Dhillon beats Thailand’s Teamarrom in men’s singles SL4 group stage

Tokyo [Japan]: Indian shuttler Tarun Dhillon on Thursday began his Tokyo Paralympics journey with a 21-7, 21-13 win over Siripong Teamarrom of Thailand in men’s singles SL4 – Group B match.
Tarun defeated Thailand’s shuttler in two straight sets to complete the win in 23 minutes. The Indian para-badminton player won the first round easily but was made to work harder in the second essay. He will lock horns in his next match on Friday.
Earlier in the day, Noida District Magistrate and para-badminton player Suhas L Yathiraj defeated Jan Niklas Pott of Germany 21-9, 21-3 in men’s singles SL4 – Group A.
Suhas, who has become the first civil servant from the country to represent India in the Tokyo Paralympics, dominated the proceedings and completed the match in 19 minutes with a straight-set victory.
Niklas Pott had no answers to Suhas’ shots. Suhas will lock horns in his second group stage match on Friday.
Meanwhile, shuttlers Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar went down 0-2 against second-seeded Huihui MA and Hefang Cheng of China in their first Group B match.

Tokyo Paralympics: Dislocated my meniscus last night, didn’t think I’ll participate, says Sharad

Tokyo [Japan]: After winning a bronze medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics in the men’s high jump event, Sharad Kumar revealed that he was battling through an injury on the eve of the event.
Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar won silver and bronze respectively in the men’s high jump final at the National Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday. They were both Sport Class T42. “It was very bad for me, I was crying the whole night. The fact that I landed on my meniscus, and that was dislocated. I did not even think that I will be able to participate, I spoke to my parents in the morning saying it is done and I am being punished for some sin that I have done. I do not know what it is, that is when my brother and few friends told me just go and participate, it does not matter,” said Sharad while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference organised by Eurosport.
“I am feeling great because I had an injury last night, every jump was like a war. Last night, I cried, cried and cried. I read Bhagavad Gita last night. We do not have control over such things and that is how I entered the arena today. Getting a medal is icing on the cake, but as I entered the arena today, I thanked God that I was able to participate in such a big event,” he added.
Talking about the rainy conditions during the event, Sharad said: “The fact that it was raining during the high jump was very very dangerous for us athletes. But the fact that we managed to do it, that was something, we just had our tactics on. It was a dangerous situation. I even tried to talk to the officials and say we might have to call it in, but it just went on.”
Mariyappan Thangavelu clinched silver after leaping the mark of 1.86m. This is his second medal at the Games, having already won a gold in Rio 2016. The Rio 2016 silver medalist, United States of America’s Sam Grewe clinched gold after successfully jumping the 1.88m mark in his third attempt. Another Indian and Rio 2016 bronze medalist Varun Singh Bhati finished seventh with a season-best leap of 1.77m.

Paralympics: Shooter Singhraj clinches bronze

Para-shooter Singhraj settles for the Bronze medal in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics in the Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1.

tokyo, Japan, August 31 : Indian shooter Singhraj Adana claimed the bronze medal in the P1 men’s 10m air pistol SH1 event of the Paralympics here on Tuesday. Adana shot a total of 216.8 to finish the event in the third place after qualifying for the eight-man final as the sixth best shooter.

However, Manish Narwal, who topped the qualifications with 575, was eliminated in the seventh place when it mattered the most. Hovering around the top three, Adana dropped out of contention with his poor 19th shot but managed to get back in the reckoning with his 20th attempt as China’s Xiaolong Lou got 8.6.

China, though, dominated the finals with defending champion Chao Yang (237.9 — Paralympic record) and Huang Xing (237.5) winning the gold and silver medals respectively.

Before his 9.1 saw him slip to fourth, Singhraj had moved up to the third place as the Chinese shooter endured a low series.

As the pistol is held with one hand only, athletes in SH1 category have an impairment affecting one arm and/or the legs, for example resulting from amputations or spinal cord injuries. P1 is a classification for the men’s 10 air pistol competition.

Some shooters compete in a seated position, while others take aim in a standing position as defined in the rules.

Tokyo Paralympics: Paddler Bhavina Patel storms into gold medal match, beats China’s Zhang Miao 3-2

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s para table tennis player Bhavina Patel continued her dream run in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday as she stormed into the gold medal match after defeating Zhang Miao of China 3-2 in her Class 4 match.
Bhavina created history by becoming the first Indian to enter the finals of the Paralympic Games table tennis competition. Bhavina got off to a bad start as Zhang took the opening game 11-7. The Chinese paddler took five straight points in the first essay to move ahead. The Indian paddler then levelled the match at 1-1 after winning the second game 11-7. The second game saw a neck to neck to fight with Bhavina leading the charge with a score of 8-6 before sealing the second essay 11-7.
Bhavina then came all guns blazing and started the third game on high as she took a lead of 5-0 in the essay. She then wrapped the game 11-4 to move closer to the finals.
In the next game, Zhang came back strongly and won by 11-9 and took the match into the decider. But Bhavina held her nerves to finish the game off in style.
Bhavina had on Friday become the first Indian to enter the semi-finals of the Paralympic Games table tennis competition. The 34-year-old Gujarat-based paddler defeated the defending champion and veteran Borislava Peric-Rankovic of Serbia 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 in just 18 minutes in their women’s singles quarterfinal Class 4 category.

Tokyo Paralympics: India’s paddler Bhavina Patel beats Joyce de Oliveira, storms into quarters

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s para table tennis player Bhavina Patel on Friday qualified for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Paralympics after a scintillating 3-0 win over Joyce de Oliviera of Brazil in her Class 4 round of 16 match.
Bhavina defeated Joyce in three straight sets 3-0 (12-10, 13-11, 11-6) to clinch the game and move into the next round. Joyce started the game on a high as she took a lead but Bhavina came back strongly to save a game point and take the first set 12-10.
The Indian paddler continued to dominate the match and took the second game 13-11 against the Brazilian. Bhavina was trailing at one point with a score of 7-10 and saved all three game points to seal the game 13-11.
In the third essay, Bhavina came back from 0-3 to seal the game 11-6 and move into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win.
Bhavina had defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match on Thursday.
Also, India’s para table tennis player Sonalben Patel lost against Lee Mi-gyu of South Korea in Group D of women’s singles — Class 3 on Thursday. Mi-gyu defeated Sonalben 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9) and the entire match lasted for just 30 minutes.

Tokyo Paralympics: Paddler Sonalben Patel loses against Lee Mi-gyu

Tokyo [Japan]: India’s para table tennis player Sonalben Patel lost against Lee Mi-gyu of South Korea in Group D of women’s singles — Class 3 in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday. Mi-gyu defeated Sonalben 3-1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-3, 11-9) and the entire match lasted for just 30 minutes.
Sonalben had won the opening game in a closely fought affair but she was not able to carry forward the momentum, and she ended up losing the next three games. She had on Wednesday lost her opening Group D game against China’s Qian Li by 3-2. World number 4 Qian Li defeated Sonalben in five sets by 3-2 (9-11, 11-3, 15-17, 11-7, 11-4) in 36 minutes.
Earlier on Thursday, India’s para table tennis player Bhavina Patel defeated Megan Shackleton of Great Britain 3-1 in a thrilling match of Group A in women’s singles — Class 4.
Bhavina saved the game point in the fourth game and then took the lead to clinch the match. With this 3-1 win (11-7, 9-11, 17-15, 13-11) Bhavina qualified for the next round.

Tokyo Paralympics: Vinod Kumar, Tek Chand among 5 Indian athletes to attend opening ceremony

Tokyo [Japan]: Discus thrower Vinod Kumar and javelin thrower Tek Chand are among the five Indian athletes who will attend the Tokyo Paralympics opening ceremony.
A total of 54 para-athletes from across nine sports disciplines will be featuring in the Paralympic Games. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to Paralympic Games. The Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5.
Thangavelu Mariyappan, Rio 2016 Gold Medal winner, will be the flag bearer of India in the opening ceremony.
Powerlifters Jai Deep and Sakina Khatun are the other para-athletes who will attend the Paralympics opening ceremony.
Gursharan Singh, India’s Chef de Mission, Deputy Chef de Mission (CDM) Arhan Bagati, and coach of para-athletics team Satyanarayana are among the six Indian officials who will attend the opening ceremony.
During the opening ceremony, the Indian contingent will enter the stadium from gate number five.
Meanwhile, Vinod Kumar has been reclassified in the T/F52 category ahead of the Games.
And thrower Tek Chand has been classified in the T/F55 category, though at the previous classification he had been classified in the T/F54 category.
Satyanarayana, the chairperson of Indian Para Athletics, was happy that Vinod Kumar’s classification was as per expectation.
“Vinod Kumar’s re-classification in his own category is a great news. India’s chances of winning a medal in this category are bright and any change here would have been a big blow to Vinod Kumar and the Indian contingent,” said Satyanarayana in a statement.
“Tek Chand on other hand has been classified in one category above and hence his competition will be that much tougher, but we are sure that he will give his best,” he added.

Tokyo Paralympics: Break in training for a week means you start from zero, says archery coach Kuldeep

New Delhi [India]: The COVID-19 pandemic halted the sporting action across the world on numerous occasions in the last couple of years and India’s para archery coach Kuldeep Vedwan was quick to point how the breaks between the practice could possibly nullify all the efforts of the archers.
Harvinder Singh and Vivek Chikara will represent India in men’s recurve individual while Rakesh Kumar and Shyam Sundar Swami will lock horns in men’s compound individual. Also, Jyoti Baliyan will feature in women’s compound individual events in the Tokyo Paralympics. The Indian coach maintained since the archers are continually training in the camp organised by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) they are in the groove for the Tokyo Paralympics.
“I want to thank Sports Authority of India (SAI) and our federation as during COVID also our camp was organised. And if there were breaks between, our athletes practised on the ground because when we stop practising even for one week, the break actually takes us a month back. If you don’t practice even for a week, you have to again start from zero. This also works psychologically and affects the athletes on the mental and physical levels,” said Vedwan while replying to a query from ANI.
Archer Harvinder shed light on the athletes’ training routine at the SAI centre where they have been practising hard for about eight months.
“We are practising here and our training is going on nicely at SAI Sonepat for the last ten months. We start the day with yoga and breathing exercises and the train respectively,” said Harvinder.
When ANI asked how the recent performances will have an impact on the final showdown, Harvinder said: “After June (2019) championship, we got more than two years for practice and that experience will be helpful, I also won a gold medal in Para Asian and worked on my weakness.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the para-athletes on Tuesday and coach Kuldeep said interaction with the PM has boosted the players’ morale.
“Rakesh and Jyoti have performed well recently. We felt really nice when PM Modi spoke to our athletes. This is the first time we are seeing that a Prime Minister is directly talking to athletes,” said Kuldeep.
“Our archers will perform well and you can see there is a different type of wave in athletics after Neeraj Chopra won gold in the Olympics. He has broken every barrier and I hope our athletes will also bring a medal,” he added.
Deputy Chef de Mission (CDM) Arhan Bagati while giving some insights about life in the Games Village said: “There are some cases and rules are strict, mask wearing is a must and we have to update regularly about our whereabouts. We need to give saliva samples every day and if we deviate, we can be suspended.”
A total of 54 para-athletes from across nine sports disciplines will be featuring in the showpiece event. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to the Paralympic Games.

Indian contingent leaves for Tokyo Paralympics

New Delhi [India]: Indian contingent for 2020 Paralympics departed for Tokyo from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Ahead of departure, Tek Chand, a Javelin thrower, said, “I will try my best to win a medal. There were few hurdles but it is part of life. I overcame them. Today, I am going to play for the country.” Vinod Kumar, Discus thrower, said that people should not be disabled from mind and heart.
“I will be playing on August 29. We will try to win as many medals as possible in the Paralympics. This is for the first time that 54 players are going to the games. We shouldn’t be disabled from mind and heart,” Kumar told ANI.
Speaking to ANI, Deepa Malik, the president of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), said that the Indian team looks in great shape.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent his wishes along with the Sports Minister, Anurag Thakur. I’m delighted. I’m in a different role as I’m not playing this year but it is a different feeling to work alongside para-athletes. The team looks in great shape. I wish them all the best for the games,” she said.
54 para-athletes from across 9 sports disciplines will be heading to Tokyo to represent the nation. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to the Paralympic Games.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Indian para-athlete contingent for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, their families, guardians, and coaches via video conferencing.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the para-athletes for their self-confidence and willpower. He credited their hard work and said he is hopeful after interacting with the para-athletes that India will create new history at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Our para-athletes are examples of how our remote areas are full of talents, says PM Modi

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday not only interacted with the Indian para-athlete contingent for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, but also their families, guardians, and coaches via video conferencing.
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports; Information & Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur was also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the para-athletes for their self-confidence and willpower. He credited their hard work and said he is hopeful after interacting with the para-athletes that India will create new history at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The Prime Minister said New India does not put pressure athletes for medals but expects them to give their best. Referring to the recent Olympics, the Prime Minister said that country is firm with the athletes in their efforts whether they win or miss.
The Prime Minister discussed the importance of mental strength along with physical strength in the field. He praised the para-athletes for overcoming their circumstances and moving forward despite them. Keeping in mind the issues like lack of exposure and stress of new place, new people, and international settings, three sessions were conducted through workshops and seminars on sports psychology for the contingent.
The Prime Minister said that India’s villages and remote areas are full of talent and the contingent of para-athletes is a living example of that. He said we have to think of our youth and ensure that they should get all the resources and facilities.
PM Modi told the athletes that they strengthen the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat. “Whatever state, the region you belong to, whatever language you speak, above all this, today you are ‘Team India. This spirit should permeate every part of our society at every level”‘, the Prime Ministers stressed.
The Prime Minister said that earlier, giving facilities to Divyang Jan was treated as welfare, today the country is working for this as part of its responsibility. That is why the parliament enacted a law like The Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act to provide comprehensive security to the Divyang Jan. He said ‘Sugamya Bharat Campaign’ is the biggest example of this new thinking.
Today hundreds of government buildings, railway stations, train coaches, domestic airports, and other infrastructure are being made Divyang friendly. Efforts like the standard dictionary of Indian Sign Language, Sign language translation of NCERT are changing lives and giving confidence to numerous talents all over the country, concluded the Prime Minister.
54 para-athletes from across 9 sports disciplines will be heading to Tokyo to represent the nation. This is India’s biggest ever contingent to the Paralympic Games.

Tokyo Paralympic: PM Modi to interact with Indian contingent today

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday will interact with the Indian para-athlete contingent for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“I look forward to interacting with India’s contingent at the #Paralympics tomorrow, 17th August at 11 AM. These are remarkable players who have shown outstanding skill and tenacity. I would urge sports lovers to watch the programme tomorrow,” PM Modi tweeted on Monday. According to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, as many as 54 para-athletes from across nine sports disciplines will be heading to Tokyo to represent the nation. This is India’s biggest-ever contingent to the Paralympic Games, it said.
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur will also be present during the interaction. The Tokyo Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5.
India will start its campaign on August 27 with men’s and women’s archery events.

Indian para-athletes will create history in Tokyo Games, says Deepa Malik

New Delhi [India]: Deepa Malik, the Rio Paralympics silver medallist, has backed the Indian contingent going to the Tokyo Paralympics to create history. India is sending its largest-ever contingent to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo — 54 para-sportspersons across nine sports disciplines. Deepa Malik, the President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), was quick to point out that the rise in the number of athletes’ participation has made the contingent “stronger”.
“That itself depicts how strong the contingent is going to be, especially when we have at least 24 of our 54 athletes in top three rankings in the indigenous local trials within India,” an elated Deepa told ANI.
“When we talk about para-badminton, shooting they are seeded in top rankings, so I am very very hopeful that this is a very strong contingent and is going to create history this time.
“I have worked very hard with the athletes in the role of the president and I am very proud to accompany the athletes,” she added.
The PCI president feels the para-athletes have become accustomed to the new normal and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic won’t hamper the players’ performance during the Tokyo Games.
“The current set of athletes have become accustomed to the new normal. In the last two years they have been training, winning their games and securing their rankings on top three positions despite the COVID-19 challenges,” Deepa pointed out before giving a virtual send-off to the Indian para-athletes.
Neeraj Chopra has brought the javelin throw event to the centrestage after his sensational show in Tokyo Olympics. The Rio Paralympics silver medallist has high hopes from the para-athletes who will participate in the javelin throw event. She feels India will go one step ahead and could bring multiple golds in the event leave alone the total medals.
“Absolutely,” replied Deepa when asked about Devendra Jhajaria prospects, who has two gold in the Paralympics.
She further said, “Our javelin arm is so strong we have eight javelin throwers and I’ll be least surprised if we have multiple golds only in javelin throws along with world records.
“I am really keeping my fingers crossed and I wish all the best to Devendra it was wonderful to win a medal alongside him in Rio Olympics. I’m rooting for every athlete,” Deepa signed off.
The Tokyo Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5. India will start its campaign on August 27 with men’s and women’s archery events.

Tokyo Paralympics: Torch relay taken off public roads over COVID

Tokyo [Japan], August 10: The torch relay for the Tokyo Paralympics will not take place on public roads for August 20-24 legs in Tokyo due to the COVID-19 situation, the metropolitan government said on Tuesday.
In the run-up to the Opening Ceremony, the Paralympic Games decided to host a series of flame festivals for the Paralympic Torch Relay. Spanning across all of Japan’s 43 prefectures as well as in Stoke Mandeville in the United Kingdom – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement – the flame will be brought together to create a single flame at a Flame Gathering Event in Tokyo on 20 August. The relay for the Paralympics in the Japanese capital planned to have 700 runners tour a course of around 35 kilometres. The flame gathering events at the metropolitan government’s building, which put together flames collected in 62 municipalities in the capital, will be held without spectators.
“The relay was scheduled to visit places of interest in respective regions and there were lots of runners looking forward to the event, so it is extremely disappointing,” Kyodo News quoted a metropolitan government official as a saying. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5.
The Paralympic flame will also tour Shizuoka, Chiba and Saitama before the climax of the Paralympic Torch Relay from 17 August to 24 August; the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
To mark the start of the Paralympic Games, the three Agitos – the symbol of the Paralympic Games – will be in full display at the Odaiba Marine Park off the shores off Tokyo Bay.

Paralympics theme song launched by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur on Tuesday launched the theme song “Kar De Kamaal Tu” for the Indian Paralympic contingent here.
Secretary (Sports) Ravi Mittal, Joint Secretary (Sports) LS Singh, President of Paralympic Committee of India, Deepa Malik, Secretary-General Gursharan Singh, and Chief Patron Avinash Rai Khanna were also virtually present on this occasion. The song “Kar De Kamaal Tu” is composed and sung by a Divyang cricket player Sanjeev Singh, who is a resident of Lucknow.
The idea of the Paralympic Committee of India was to get the song composed from the Divyang community as a mark of inclusiveness.
“The lyrics of the song motivate not only the athletes but all the people with any form of disability to never underestimate themselves and what they have in them to create wonders,” read an official statement.
Thakur said India is sending its largest-ever contingent to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo – 54 para-sportspersons across nine sports disciplines.
“India will be watching your every move, we will be following your incredible journey at the Games,” he said.
“The sheer determination of our Para-Athletes shows their phenomenal human spirit. Remember that when you play for India, you will have 130 crore Indians cheering for you! I am extremely confident that our para-athletes will give their optimum best!”
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Rio 2016 Paralympic Games athletes and has always had a keen interest in the welfare of athletes and focused the government’s approach on nurturing talent along with the development of sports infrastructure across the country.
“I would also like to congratulate the Paralympic Committee of India and its President Deepa Malik for ensuring that our athletes are well prepared and receive the best facilities,” he added.
Sanjeev Singh, the composer, and singer of the song felt that it was a moment of pride not only for him but for the entire community.
He said that it was actually the accomplishment of Deepa Malik as a player in Rio 2016 Para Games that inspired him to write a poem about her which has taken shape into this Theme Song.
“I just wish that this song inspires para-athletes to do well. They are already winners in their life but a medal will make the entire country take note of them and make the nation proud,” he said.
Deepa Malik said the Paralympic movement in India has taken a larger-than-life shape in a very short time and para-sports is one of the best ways to do it. Para-sports need to be brought into the mainstream in India.
“This theme song has been composed to boost the morale of the Indian Paralympic contingent. We request all Indians to show their support by following the Games and hearing and sharing the theme song,” she added.
Many of the athletes have qualified with world record performance which has raised expectations of medals.

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