New Delhi: The Delhi woman para-athletic Deepa Malik, who was nominated for the country's highest sporting honor- Rajeev Gandhi Sports Gem Saat, expressed her happiness. The award will be given to star wrestler Bajrang Punia. Deepa Malik has dedicated the award to her father Bal Krishna Nagpal. She said her honor was truly an "everyone's development". Dipa was awarded the Sports Gem by the Indian government on Saturday.
She is India's second para-athletic to win the game gem. Before him, Devendra Jhajharia won the sports gem in 2017. Deepa won a silver medal in shot put at the Rio Paralympics-2016. Deepa won the medal in the F-53 category. Deepa won a bronze medal in the javelin throw at the Asian Games in F53-54 and shot put in F51-52-53.
"I feel like PM Modi's spirit has come across the country, 'all along, everybody's development'," Deepa said after the announcement of the sporting jewel. I am thankful to the jury members and the sports world for the hard work of para-athletes, the medals they have won. It is a morale-boosting thing for the entire para-movement. The award will be an inspiration for the players ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics. Deepa joined the BJP in March this year.
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