Para athletes give us inspiration, are treated at par with able-bodied athletes, says Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Rijiju also said that he will request the respective state governments to support the paralympians in their respective region in the best possible way.

Press Trust of India December 03, 2020 21:17:51 IST
Para athletes give us inspiration, are treated at par with able-bodied athletes, says Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

File image of union sports minister Kiren Rijiju. Image credit: Twitter/@RijijuOffice

New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said disabled athletes are the strength and inspiration of the country and the present government treats them at par with able-bodied sportspersons.

Rijiju made the statement during a virtual session on the occasion of 29th World Disability Day in the presence of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) president Deepa Malik and top para athletes like Devendra Jhajharia, Parul Parmar and Shatabdi Awasthi.

"Our para athletes and 'Divyang' warriors are our strength. They give us inspiration. In our Sports Ministry, there is no difference between an able and a differently-abled sportsperson.

"We felicitate them with the same amount of recognition, prize money and so on," the Sports Minister said in a statement.

Rijiju also said that he will request the respective state governments to support the paralympians in their respective region in the best possible way.

"The government, the PCI and everyone are a team and we need to carry on our work of supporting our para athletes," he said.

Padma Shri, Khel Ratna and Arjuna Awardee Devendra Jhajharia thanked the government for its immense contribution in helping the para athletes.

"Whenever we send a mail to the government stating our problems or things we need, we get a reply within an hour.

"I look at most training centres across India and feel so happy that the next generation of para athletes will have no problem as the infrastructure and facilities are already in place," he said.

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