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Hope on horizon for people with disabilities aspiring to be sports stars

India's splendid show at the Tokyo Paralympics has inspired many people with disabilities to get into sports; here's how they can complete the exciting yet challenging journey that will get them there

Sport changes a disabled person profoundly, empowering her to realise her full potential. Today, athletes with disabilities can play any sports activity, at the highest levels
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Sport changes a disabled person profoundly, empowering him to realise his full potential. Today, athletes with disabilities can play any sports activity, at the highest levels. Credits: Adobe Stock

Namrata Kohli New Delhi
India won a total of 19 medals--five gold, eight silver and six bronze--at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. While we celebrate the massive achievement, one cannot help but notice a coincidence—India sent 19 athletes to the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Five years later, and the Tokyo Paralympics, the country took home as many medals!

Says Deepthi Bopaiah, CEO GoSports Foundation: “I was at the Rio Paralympics. It had a large contingent of 19 people from India, but at Tokyo, we had 54. This means in about five years, we tripled the number." The 2020 Paralympics had to be postponed to 2021 due

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First Published: Jan 28 2022 | 3:57 PM IST

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