Tokyo bids adieu to Paralympics with message of change
The ceremony was themed on a youngster's awakening about the Paralympic Games, para-sportspersons, and their different abilities and personalities. He wakes up in a prototype of the Paralympic Games village, which resembles a miniature city, where para-sportspersons start arriving, preparing, and participating in the Games and depicts how his approach towards the participants changes.
Hoping that more stakeholders will come forward and hold our hand: Deepa Malik
"We are definitely hoping that more stakeholders will come forward and hold our hand. We as a federation are responsible to create new talent, identify and work with new talent, so that is the aim right now," said Deepa in a virtual interaction organised by broadcasters Eurosport and PCI.
Feel very fortunate getting a medal at the Paralympics: Krishna Nagar
"Getting a medal in Tokyo, in the Paralympics is a very big thing for me. We had already committed that we will get five-six medals from the Paralympics. We got four medals. But we will cover that in the upcoming tournaments. I feel very fortunate getting a medal at the Paralympics, especially when badminton has been added for the first time. There is no bigger achievement than getting a medal here," said Nagar
Deepa Malik compares India's 19 medals to a youngster emerging from teens
On Sunday, India ended the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with 19 medals -- five gold, eight silver and six bronze -- a dramatic and historic rise for the country that had collected only 12 medals while participating in 11 editions of the Games from 1968 till 2016. Deepak Malik, who won the shot put F53 silver at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is the top office-bearer of the PCI now, tweeted, "Indian para-sports were in infancy till Rio2016.
Paralympics: Nagar, Yathiraj help India end Tokyo 2020 campaign with 19 medals
On Sunday, the final day of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, India claimed two medals -- a gold and a silver in badminton -- and finished 24th among 162 nations in the overall medal tally on the basis of gold medal count, while it is placed 20th based on the number of medals (19) it won. Krishna Nagar in Men's Singles SH6 class, won India's lone gold medal on Sunday.
Tokyo gold medallist Pramod Bhagat once had no money to buy racket
Bhagat, a native of Bihar's Hajipur town in Vaishali district had natural talent in sports. "He used to beat any person in the city during his childhood. When he was just five years old, he became a polio victim. As our financial state was not good and my sister Kishuni Devi and her husband Kailash Bhagat did not have a child, they adopted Pramod and took him to Bhubaneswar," said Rama Bhagat.
Paralympics: Krishna Nagar wins India's fifth gold in Tokyo
After Suhas Yathiraj claimed silver in SL 4 in the morning, India's hopes for another gold medal from the badminton courts at the Yoyogi National Stadium depended on Nagar, the world No. 2 in his class, and the 22-year-old from Jaipur did not disappoint as he played a superb aggressive game to prevail over Chu 2-1 in 43 minutes.