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After record-setting Tokyo 2020, PCI aims for 25 medals, including 10 golds, at Paris 2024
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After record-setting Tokyo 2020, PCI aims for 25 medals, including 10 golds, at Paris 2024

India's Paralympians returned from Tokyo 2020 with an unprecedented medal haul of five golds, eight silver and six bronze medals. This was India's best-ever Paralympics campaign.

PM Narendra Modi hosts India Paralympic contingent, presented with autographed stole
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PM Narendra Modi hosts India Paralympic contingent, presented with autographed stole

PM said the Paralympians' achievements will significantly boost the morale of the entire sporting community in the country

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Gold-winning Avani Lekhara to be India's flag bearer at closing ceremony
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Gold-winning Avani Lekhara to be India's flag bearer at closing ceremony

The 19-year-old trailblazer Lekhara had won a gold in R-2 women's 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 event on Monday before claiming the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur felicitates Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning silver
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Sports Minister Anurag Thakur felicitates Mariyappan Thangavelu on winning silver

Mariyappan, who won a gold in 2016 Rio Paralympics, bagged a silver this time around in T42 category with a best jump of 1.86m. Another Indian, Sharad Kumar took the bronze with a best jump of 1.83m.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: TN government announces Rs 2 crore cash prize for Mariyappan Thangavelu after his silver-medal win
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: TN government announces Rs 2 crore cash prize for Mariyappan Thangavelu after his silver-medal win

Stalin, in a statement, said Thangavelu was hailed as the "golden son" of Tamil Nadu for winning gold in the 2016 Rio Paralympics and praised his silver medal winning performance in Tokyo.

‘Every jump was a war’: Tales of battles fought by podium finishers in high jump at Tokyo Paralympics 2020
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‘Every jump was a war’: Tales of battles fought by podium finishers in high jump at Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Cancer. A horrific childhood accident. Polio. Crippling poverty. Loneliness. Anxiety attacks. A last-minute meniscus injury. A COVID scare and training disruption. These are just some battles fought by the medal-winning trio in the high jump event at Tokyo 2020.

Tokyo Paralympics: Mariyappan Thangavelu, Sharad Kumar's high jump medals propel India to double digits
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Tokyo Paralympics: Mariyappan Thangavelu, Sharad Kumar's high jump medals propel India to double digits

India have so far won two gold, five silver and three bronze medals in the ongoing Paralympics. Athletics has once again been the country's happy hunting ground with one gold, four silver and two bronze so far.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Mariyappan Thangavelu withdrawn as India's flag-bearer after coming in contact of COVID-19 positive person
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Mariyappan Thangavelu withdrawn as India's flag-bearer after coming in contact of COVID-19 positive person

Mariyappan, a gold-medallist from Rio Olympics, has been quarantined along with five other Indians. Discus thrower Vinod Kumar is also among those withdrawn from the ceremony because of the same reason.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Five athletes, six officials from Indian contingent to take part in Opening Ceremony
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Five athletes, six officials from Indian contingent to take part in Opening Ceremony

The five athletes expected to take part in the Opening Ceremony are flagbearer Mariyappan Thangavelu, discus thrower Vinod Kumar, javelin thrower Tek Chand and powerlifters Jaideep and Sakina Khatun.

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: All you need to know about Indian athletes and their schedule
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: All you need to know about Indian athletes and their schedule

Here's all you need to know about the broadcast and schedule of the Indian contingent at the Paralympic Games 2020

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: 54-member Indian contingent leaves for Games after receiving warm send-off
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: 54-member Indian contingent leaves for Games after receiving warm send-off

The team has some of the brightest medal prospects like Devendra Jhajharia, seeking his third Paralympics gold (after 2004 and 2016) in F-46 javelin throw, Mariyappan Thangavelu (T-63 high jump) and world champion Sandeep Choudhary (F-64 javelin throw).

Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Amit Kumar Saroha, Sandeep Chaudhary seal qualification for Games
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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Amit Kumar Saroha, Sandeep Chaudhary seal qualification for Games

Two-time Paralympian Saroha will be representing the country in the F51 category in the discus throw and club throw. F51 refers to limb deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.

National Sports Awards 2020: Khel Ratna awardee Mariyappan Thangavelu 'never thought he would reach this far'
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National Sports Awards 2020: Khel Ratna awardee Mariyappan Thangavelu 'never thought he would reach this far'

Thangavelu still cannot believe how far he has come after suffering permanent disability at the age of five when a bus crushed his right leg below the knee.

National Sports Awards 2020: Prize money for all award categories to be increased substantially, say reports
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National Sports Awards 2020: Prize money for all award categories to be increased substantially, say reports

Currently, the Khel Ratna comes with a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh, while the Arjuna Award winners get Rs 5 lakh,

National Sports Awards 2020: From Rani Rampal to Mariyappan Thangavelu, know your Khel Ratna nominees
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National Sports Awards 2020: From Rani Rampal to Mariyappan Thangavelu, know your Khel Ratna nominees

Controversies aside, the annual national sports awards are a celebration of athletes' hard work and success. Here's a quick look at the five recommendations for the Khel Ratna honour.

National Sports Awards 2020: Rohit Sharma, Vinesh Phogat among five athletes to receive Khel Ratna; 29 finalised for Arjuna Award
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National Sports Awards 2020: Rohit Sharma, Vinesh Phogat among five athletes to receive Khel Ratna; 29 finalised for Arjuna Award

This is the first time in the history of awards that five athletes have been recommended for the Khel Ratna, with the final decision resting on sports minister Kiren Rijiju

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitates World Para Athletics Championships medal winners with cash awards
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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitates World Para Athletics Championships medal winners with cash awards

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitated the medal-winning Indian para-athletes with cash awards for their best-ever performance at the recently-concluded World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai

World Para Athletics Championships: High jumpers Sharad Kumar, Mariyappan Thangavelu claim podium finish, qualify for Tokyo
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World Para Athletics Championships: High jumpers Sharad Kumar, Mariyappan Thangavelu claim podium finish, qualify for Tokyo

Two-time Asian Para Games champion Sharad Kumar cleared the bar with season's best effort of 1.83 metres, while Mariyappan, a Rio Paralympic gold-medallist, settled for the bronze.

Sports Ministry adds 107 athletes to TOPS list for 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games
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Sports Ministry adds 107 athletes to TOPS list for 2018 Commonwealth and Asian Games

Interestingly, the TOPS list drawn for the 2020 Olympics included only young shuttler Lakshya Sen, track and field athletes Lilli Das, Sanjivani Jadhav and Tejaswin Shanker.

Khel Ratna winner Devendra Jhajharia wants state governments to provide more support to disabled athletes
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Khel Ratna winner Devendra Jhajharia wants state governments to provide more support to disabled athletes

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia is the only Indian to win two Paralympic gold medals