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Good Sports: Athletes Shine at Paralympic Games

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
October 2021
Good Sports: Athletes Shine at Paralympic Games

The Tokyo Olympics were India’s most successful Olympics ever, and the momentum carried over to the Tokyo Paralympics, held from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5. India’s athletes won 19 medals (five gold, eight silver, and six bronze), more than at all previous Paralympics combined.

Bhavina Patel became the first Indian table tennis player to win a Paralympic medal, taking home a silver medal, while bronze medalist Harvinder Singh became the first Indian to win a medal in archery.

Also making history was shooter Avani Lekhara, who became the first Indian woman to win a Paralympic gold medal and the first to win multiple medals, snagging a bronze as well.

The 19-year-old took up shooting after reading Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra’s autobiography.

“I always wanted to become like him and always wanted to make my country proud, so that is what inspired me a lot,” she said.

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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