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Mann ki Baat: ‘India wins laurels in parasports, fitness culture among ‘Divyangs’ is promoted, says Prime Minister Modi | India News

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that many institutions in India are working to increase the fitness and participation of ‘Divyangs’ in sports and that the country is winning laurels in para sports.
Addressing the nation on the 92nd episode of its monthly radio show ‘Mann ki Baat’, PM Modi said, “India wins laurels in para sports. We have all witnessed this in many tournaments. There are many institutes that help Divangs improve fitness and participate in sports. Nowadays there are many people engaged in promoting the fitness culture among the specially disabled at the grassroots level. This gives a lot of strength to the self-confidence of the specially disabled.”
India has recently achieved many achievements and set new records in para sports.
Earlier in September, Indian javelin thrower and Paralympics gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia picked up a silver medal for the country at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Morocco, which was held from September 15 to 17.
Devendra threw the spear to a distance of 60.97 m to catch the silver. Also, Indian Ajit Kumar won the gold by achieving the best throw of 64m.
Indian Paralympic medalists Sumit Antil and Yogesh Kathuniya set new world records in javelin and discus respectively at the recently concluded 2022 Indian Open National Para Athletics Championships in Bengaluru, which was held from August 18-19.
Sumit threw the javelin to a distance of 68.62 m to set a new world record in men’s javelin throw in para athletics. On the other hand, Yogesh set a new world record for discus throwing in the men’s para-athletics category. He threw the discus to a distance of 48.34 m to set this new record.
Pramod Bhagat and Sukant Kadam won gold in the men’s doubles at the Thailand Para-Badminton International tournament in August. They also won silver in singles in several categories.
The Indian para table tennis team also achieved great success at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The Indian para table tennis team won two medals – one gold and one bronze. Bhavina Patel won the gold medal after beating Nigeria’s Ifechukwude Christiana Ikpeoyi in the Women’s Singles – Final Class 3-5. On the other hand, Sonalben Patel also took home a bronze medal.
Para-powerlifter Sudhir also took the gold medal in the men’s heavyweight final at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with the best weight of 212 kg.
India also won 19 medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games last year. It includes five gold medals, eight silver and six bronze medals.

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