Tokyo Paralympics: India is sending its largest contingent, Soon to start

On Sunday, Tokyo doused the Olympic flame, bidding farewell and marking the official conclusion of the Summer Games. Now, new beginnings are set to take place, as the 2020 Paralympics get set to kick-off from August 24. The Tokyo Paralympics will comprise 593 events across 22 disciplines to be hosted across 21 venues. India will be sending its largest contingent ever with 54 para-athletes to compete in nine sporting disciplines. 2016 Rio Paralympics gold medalist in the men’s high jump Mariyappan Thangavelu will be India's flag-bearer in the opening ceremony.

India's past largest-ever contingent for the Paralympics was at Rio 2016 - where 19 athletes represented the country in five sports. It ended up being India's best-ever performance at a Summer Paralympics with a total of four medals - two golds, one silver and one bronze. The selection of all athletes for Tokyo 2020 was carried out during a two-day trial at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium by the Paralympic Committee of India's (PCI) selection committee, chaired by the president and Rio 2016 silver medallist Deepa Malik.

"We had to make some really bold decisions with regards to the welfare of the athletes. There was a difficult time in getting the trials done, to be able to make the SOP; we want to thank the Sports Authority of India. Secretary sir personally overlooked the arrangements at the JLN Stadium," Deepa told the media. The Men Team: Devendra Jhajharia, Ajeet Singh and Sundar Singh Gurjar (javelin F-46); Sandeep Chaudhary and Sumit (javelin F-64); Mariyappan Thangavelu, Sharad Kumar and Varun Singh Bhatti (high jump T-63); Amit Kumar and Dharambir (club throw F-51); Nishad Kumar and Ram Pal (high jump T-47); Sonam Rana (shot put F-57), Navdeep (javelin F-41), Praveen Kumar (high jump T-64), Yogesh Kathuniya (discus throw F-56), Vinod Kumar (discus throw F-56), Ranjeet Bhati (javelin F-57), Arvind (shot put F-35), Tek Chand (javelin F-54).

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