Asian Paralympic gold medalists Amit Kumar Saroha and Sandip Chaudhari qualify for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, the former after battling a recent COVID-19 infection
Two-time Paralympian Saroha will represent the country in the F51 category in discus and club throwing. F51 refers to limb deficiency, difference in leg length, impaired muscle strength or impaired range of motion.
While Chaudhary will compete in the F-44 (lower limb race without prosthesis affected by limb deficiency, difference in leg length, impaired muscle strength or impaired passive range of motion), a throwing event at the Tokyo Paralympic Games which will take place from August 24 to September 5.
The Indian Paralympic Committee (PCI) is expected to officially announce a 24-member athletics team for Friday’s Games. “I was finally selected for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, these are my third Paralympic Games.
“Honestly, this trip from the selection in Tokyo was not easy, because a few days before the trial there were many weaknesses in the body due to the crown, but in our Haryana it is said about courage. Ram’s support,” Saroha tweeted.
“Besides, it’s a matter of luck that two of my students, Ekta and Dharambir, have also been chosen for Tokyo. As a coach and mentor, what can you be proud of me for that !! If you all keep in touch together, then this time you will definitely let’s bring medals, “he wrote.
Saroha’s journey to Tokyo was not easy, as he recovered from the formidable COVID-19 just before the final tests for the national team at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.
The trip was full of difficulties for the 36-year-old Saroha, who will represent India at his third Paralympics in Tokyo. He suffered a car accident when he was 22, which left him quadriplegic due to spinal cord compression.
Before being injured, Saroha was a national hockey player, but was forced to switch to a parachute after being confined to a wheelchair.
Saroha has won two silver medals at the IPC World Athletics Championships, but his greatest achievement was the men’s club throw (F51) gold at the 2014 Incheon Asian Paralympics.
Chaudhary, on the other hand, will represent India in its first Paralympic Games. He booked his ticket to Tokyo with an unofficial world record of 66.44 meters.
Chowdery represented India at the Asian Paralympics in 2018 in Jakarta, where he won a gold medal and set a new world record with 60.01 m.