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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Biggest-ever contingent of 54 athletes set to represent India

Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is set to begin from August 24, 2021.

By Rajan Nath -- August 22, 2021 7:42 pm -- Updated:August 22, 2021 7:46 pm

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: As many as 54 athletes from India will be participating in 9 sports disciplines including Archery, Athletics (Track and Field), Badminton, Swimming, Weightlifting among others.

This is the biggest-ever contingent India has sent to any Paralympics. All 54 athletes are part of the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) scheme, as per the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

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Bhavina Patel and Sonalben Patel, both belonging to the State of Gujarat, are looking at putting their best foot forward at the Paralympic Games. The duo is participating in the Para Table Tennis Women's singles Wheelchair Class 4 category and the Women's singles Wheelchair Class 3 category respectively. They are pairing up for the Women's Doubles event as well.

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Bhavina and Sonalben start their qualification rounds in Tokyo on an opening day, i.e, August 25. The qualifying rounds are scheduled for August 25, 26, and 27, while the semi-final and the final are scheduled for August 28 and 29, respectively.

The duo has been training under Coach Lalan Doshi at the Blind People's Association in Ahmedabad. While Bhavina is ranked 8 in the World currently in her category, Sonalben is ranked 19th. Both have been recipients of the Sardar Patel Award and the Eklavya Awards and have been a medallist at the Asian Games.

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Aruna Tanwar, the 21-year-old will be the sole Para-Taekwondo representative at the Paralympic Games from India. Haryana-based Aruna will participate in the Women's under 49kg K44 category. She will be in action on September 2 from the round-of-16 rounds. In Para Powerlifting, India is sending two of the best in Jai Deep and Sakina Khatun.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is set to begin from August 24, 2021.

Indian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

  1. Harvinder Singh, archery, recurve men's open individual
  2. Vivek Chikara, archery, recurve men's open individual
  3. Rakesh Kumar, archery, compound men's open individual/ mixed
  4. Shyam Sundar Swami, archery, compound, men's open individual/ mixed
  5. Jyoti Baliyan, archery, compound women's open individual/ mixed
  6. Amit Kumar Saroha, athletics, men’s club throw F51
  7. Dharambir Nain, athletics, men’s club throw F51
  8. Vinod Kumar, athletics, men’s discus throw F52
  9. Yogesh Kathuniya, athletics, men’s discus throw F56
  10. Nishad Kumar, athletics, men’s high jump T47
  11. Ram Pal, athletics, men’s high jump T47
  12. Mariyappan Thangavelu, athletics, men’s high jump T63
  13. Sharad Kumar, athletics, men’s high jump T63
  14. Varun Singh Bhati, athletics, men’s high jump T63
  15. Praveen Kumar, athletics, men’s high jump T64
  16. Navdeep Singh, athletics, men’s javelin throw F41
  17. Sundar Singh Gurjar, athletics, men’s javelin throw F46
  18. Ajeet Singh, athletics, men’s javelin throw F46
  19. Devendra Jhajharia, athletics, men’s javelin throw F46
  20. Tek Chand, athletics, men’s javelin throw F54
  21. Ranjeet Bhati, athletics, men’s javelin throw F57
  22. Sandeep Choudhary, athletics, men’s javelin throw F64
  23. Sumit Antil, athletics, men’s javelin throw F64
  24. Arvind Malik, athletics, men’s shot put F35
  25. Soman Rana, athletics, men’s shot put F57
  26. Simran Sharma, athletics, women’s 100m T13
  27. Kashish Lakra, athletics, women’s club throw F51
  28. Ekta Bhyan, athletics, women’s club throw F51
  29. Bhagyashri Jadhav, athletics, women’s shot put F34
  30. Pramod Bhagat, badminton, men’s singles SL3 and mixed doubles SL3-SU5
  31. Manoj Sarkar, badminton, men’s singles SL3
  32. Tarun Dhillon, badminton, men’s singles SL4
  33. Suhas Yathiraj, badminton, men’s singles SL4
  34. Krishna Nagar, badminton, men’s singles SL4
  35. Parul Parmar, badminton, women’s singles SL4
  36. Palak Kohli, badminton, women’s singles, SU5 and mixed doubles SL3-SU5
  37. Prachi Yadav, para canoeing, women’s 200m VL2
  38. Jaideep Deswal, powerlifting, men’s 65kg
  39. Sakina Khatun, powerlifting, women’s 50kg
  40. Akash, shooting, men’s 25m pistol (P3) and 50m pistol (P4)
  41. Manish Narwal, shooting, men’s 10m air pistol (P1) and men’s 50m pistol (P4)
  42. Deepender Singh, shooting, men’s 10m air pistol (P1)
  43. Rahul Jakhar, shooting, men’s 25m pistol mixed (P3)
  44. Singhraj, shooting, men’s P1 - 10m air pistol (P1) and men’s 50m Pistol (P4)
  45. Sidhartha Babu, shooting, 10m air rifle prone mixed (R3) and 50m rifle prone mixed (R6).
  46. Swaroop Unhalkar, shooting, men’s 10m air rifle standing (R1)
  47. Deepak Saini, shooting, men’s 10m air rifle standing (R1), 10m air rifle prone mixed (R3), 50m rifle prone mixed (R6) and 50m rifle 3P (R7).
  48. Rubina Francis, shooting, women’s 10m air pistol (P2)
  49. Avani Lekhara, shooting, women’s 10m air rifle standing (R2), 10m air rifle prone mixed (R3), 50m rifle prone mixed (R6) and 50m rifle 3-P (R8).
  50. Niranjan Mukundan, swimming, men’s 50m butterfly S7
  51. Suyash Jadhav, swimming, men’s 50m butterfly S7 and 200m individual medley SM7.
  52. Sonalben Patel, table tennis, women’s singles - Class 3
  53. Bhavina Patel, table tennis, women’s singles - Class 4
  54. Aruna Tanwar, taekwondo, women’s K44-49 kg.

-PTC News

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