Asian Para Games: Sharad Kumar's record-breaking gold helps India make clean sweep in men's T42/63 high-jump
High jumper Sharad Kumar broke the Asian and Games records to bag gold in the T42/63 category as India picked up all three medals on offer in the event.
Noted athletics coach Satyanarayana, mentor of Mariyappan Thangavelu, who won a gold in the Rio Paralympics in 2016, says being recommended for the prestigious Dronacharya Award is a recognition not for him alone but for para-athletes too.
Para Athletics Championship 2017: India's Sharad Kumar wins silver in high jump, Varun Bhati clinches bronze
Sharad cleared a personal best height of 1.84m to win the silver while Bhati — a Rio Paralympics medallist, leaped 1.77m to earn a podium finish.
'Movement' and 'Revolution' are strong words to use, but the progress made by para sports and its athletes in the last few years has been noteworthy. With over 30 per cent of India's Paralympics medals thus far coming at Rio, those words are perhaps just
Paralympic athletes who have won accolades and medals for India during the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will be treated at par with the country's Olympic athletes, and will also be considered for prestigious Khel Ratna awards
Milkha Singh feels that the Paralympics deserve the highest recognition and awards that the country can bestow upon them as they are the perfect examples of what can be achieved against all odds.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel on Wednesday refused to commit if medallists of the ongoing Rio Paralympics will be conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award --the highest sporting honour in the country.
Paralympic medallist Deepa Malik said she wants to use the medal to support women with disabilities in India.