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Mahindra Group Chairman dedicates first SUV for people with disabilities to Avani Lekhara
Mahindra Group Chairman dedicates first SUV for people with disabilities to Avani Lekhara

In a groundbreaking gesture, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra has dedicated the company’s first customized sport utility vehicle (SUV) for people with disabilities to shooter Avani Lekhara. Lekhara on Monday made history, becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Sharing post on his Twitter handle Mahindra said “A week ago @DeepaAthlete suggested that we develop SUV’s for those with disabilities. Like the one she uses in Tokyo.I requested my colleague Velu, who heads Development to rise to that challenge. Well, Velu, I’d like to dedicate & gift the first one you make to AvaniLekhara,”

Last week, in response to the special request made by the President of the Paralympic Committee of India, Deepa Malik, to the Indian Automobile industry to manufacture special SUVs in India, Mahindra had said that the challenge would be taken up by a team at Mahindra Research Valley.

Notably, Indian shooter Avani Lekhara created history by winning the gold medal at Asaka Shooting Range in the women's R2 -- 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 event on Monday. The 19-year-old became the first woman from India to win a Paralympics gold medal. Avani finished with a Paralympic Record and in-process equalled the World Record with 249.6 points.

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