The opening ceremony of the Paralympics will take place today and the Indian team comprising of 54 members will start their campaign in the Table Tennis category on 25th August 2021.
Indian contingents will be competing in nine different categories including two new categories introduced this year of Paralympics which are Para-Badminton and Para Canoeing.
The biggest question that arises that Indian Paralympians doesn’t get that much recognition like Olympians and the biggest example to prove that is Neeraj Chopra who won the Olympic gold medal in Javelin which is India’s first medal in athletics but Devendra Jharajariya have already won two gold medals in Paralympics in 2004 and 2016 held at Athens and Rio respectively wasn’t highlighted in that way.
As the Paralympics is also touted as one of the biggest sporting events in the world where top para-athletes compete under one roof to bring laurels for the nation.
Whether it is Paralympics or Olympics the focus, commitment, and dedication which is needed to bag any of three medals is absolutely the same.
Let us share some of the reasons with you which will depict why Indian Paralympians deserve equal recognition like the Olympics in detail:
- Chief de Commission of PCI, Gursharan Singh predicted that Indian Paralympians will certainly win more than 10 medals in the upcoming marquee event which is identical to Grace Note which is a statistical expert based company who predicted that Indian Olympians will win more than 10 medals in the Olympics too
- Rio 2016 when it comes to Olympics India won only two medals including one silver and bronze by PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik respectively but when you look at the last Paralympics India won 4 medals including 2 gold medals from Mariyapan Thangavelu and Devendra Jharjariya in Long Jump and Javelin thrower respectively
- The consistent performance that all the Olympians showed for qualifying in the marquee event is similar to what Paralympians replicated for booking their quota of Paralympics 2020.
- The athletes like PV Sindhu, Neeraj Chopra, Bajrang Punia and other were expected to win medal ahead of taking part in Olympics
- It is quite similar to the Paralympics where players like Devendra Jharjariya, Mariypan Thangavelu, and Sundar Singh Gurjar are expected to win medals for the nation.