Para-athletes aim for glory at Rio Paralympics

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Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) India’s prominent para-athletes Devendra Jhajharia and Amit Saroha, who have already qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro said they will give their best to bring laurels for the country.

Jhajharia, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics in javelin throw, said the medal was the biggest achievement of his career and he is now looking forward to yhe Rio Games in September this year.

“Winning the gold medal at 2004 Athens Paralympics has been the greatest achievement of my life. I have always kept a high ambition. I am looking forward to Rio Para Games and I hope I will give my best to bring laurel for my country,” Jhajharia said at the launch of ‘IndusInd For Sports’, a non-banking sports vertical here on Thursday.

The Arjuna Awardee, who won a silver medal in Club Throw at the 2015 World Championship in Doha, said he is currently aiming at training well and giving his best at the Rio Para Games.

“My aim is to train well now and then give my best in the Para Games. We have come this long way only because of hard effort and hard work and we want to continue that,” Saroha said.

Other para-athletes present — Niranjan Mukundan, Suyash Jadav and Deepa Malik — echoed similar sentiments. As a logical step in that direction, IndusInd for Sports has launched the Para Champions Programme – IndusInd Umang — a first-of-its-kind platform exclusively designed for differently-abled sportspersons.

The programme will provide a series of well-structured support systems to encourage emerging and elite para-athletes, who have overcome challenges and excelled in their chosen sport against all adversity.

The programme seeks to impact the lives of the selected 15 athletes positively, and help them to reach the next level in their sporting careers.

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