The Paralympic Medal


I had earlier Blogged about Tokyo Olympic 2021 with the title THE GOLD MEDAL on 13th August ’21 and (for 7 medals haul ) the felicitations continue for that Tokyo Olympic,.

In the mean time our Indian para-athletes have delivered a great round of fresh cheer. The 19 medal hauls have not only bettered the sum total of 12 medals won until this Tokyo Paralympics, but it has also placed the country at a respectable 24th rank among 162 country. Many many congratulations.

My heart knows no bounds of joy as we return to India from the Paralympic Games 2021 in Tokyo with stunning haul of 19 medals … A Paralympian said. 

Our 5 golds, 8 silvers and 6 bronzes are spread across shooting, badminton, javelin, table tennis. High jump, discuss throw and archery.

Some of the glimpses of this Paralympics are here..

Indian contingent finished their campaign at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2021 at an all-time high by securing a total of 19 medals which includes 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals.

India sent its biggest ever contingent of 54 para- athletes across as many as 9 sporting disciplines at the Games. Badminton and Taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo, both of which were represented by India.

In total there are 4,537 players participating in Tokyo Paralympics 2021. Tokyo Paralympics India, Players are governed by International Paralympics Committee. This has been 16th Summer Paralympics Games.

Since making its first appearance at the Paralympics  in 1968, India had won 12 medals in total till the 2016 Rio edition. The country has now massively improved upon that entire number by 7 medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 alone.

Out of a total of 162 nations, India have finished 24th in the overall medal tally, while its accomplishment of 19 medals is ranked 20th based on the number of athletes.

Our Medals in Paralympics 2021.

This performance has outstripped most pre-competition projections.

With this enthusiasm, the next step is to build on this momentum with a very achievable aim of winning 38 medals at the coming Paris Paralympic Games.

It is estimated that about 15 % of world population is under disable category and the games are intended to motivate societies to step up disability infrastructure and social inclusion.

We must spread this story of the Tokyo para-champions all across the country, their struggles and their successes, so that they can truly be role model, breaking stereotypes with their journeys of ‘ability beyond disability.

In view of this I have decided to write blogs on success story of individual players. Hence today, I have selected one player Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj

He is a Gautam Budd Nagar DM and has scripted history by becoming the first Indian bureaucrat to win a Paralympic medal.

Para badminton player Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj on Sunday dedicated the silver medal he won at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in SL4 class to his late father.

He said — my father had always dreamed of him excelling in his career as well as in sports.

“I remember my late father because of whom I stand here and I got my medal. There are a lot of people I wish, I remember and I thank, because of whom  I am here,.

Suhas was desperate upon his father’s demise in 2005, after which he quit his engineering job and decided to pursue his father’s dream of becoming an IAS officer. The 2007 batch officer recounts,

For Suhas, who has an impairment in one of his ankles, Para badminton began as a pastime during his time at the civil service academy and soon grew into a passion.

But last 18 months gave him little time to sharpen his smashes and nuance his drop shots, because Suhas LY had his hand full instead   for testing  of COVID and contact-tracing, vaccinations and oxygen supply as DM of Noida.

Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj

 since last March, he has been the helm through two waves of the pandemic.

But this athlete kept in touch with the game that is a natural gift.

It is a proud and prestigious moment to win a medal for the country in the world’s largest sporting arena. .  

Suhas played for fun and to keep himself healthy but took up badminton as a serious sport only after 2015.

He recalled that it was during an event in Azamgarh, where he was posted as DM, that Dronacharya Awardee Gaurav Khanna motivated him to take up the sport professionally after watching him play.

He started practicing after this and played his first international match in Turkey in 2016 and won gold.

He travelled all over the world for several qualifying tournaments. His deformity has never stopped him. He is much fitter than any other person.

Suhas has served as DM of Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Bulandshahar and Deoria.

More recently, he was the principal secretory (family welfare).

He is a computer engineer and a 2007 batch IAS officer of the UP cadre. He is originally from Karnataka, he lives in NOIDA with his wife, two children, mother and grandmother.

Really, he is an inspiration for all of us. We salute him for his success. 

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13 replies

  1. Such an inspiring idea to share their stories! Will be eagerly looking forward to this series. 😀

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  2. लगता नहीं लेकिन सच में भारत बदल रहा है…. सभी खीलाडीऔ को अभिनंदन 🙏🙏

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  3. Very good information about our performance in Paralympic. Our players are having good potential and need proper attention from our government. Your article accompanied by video of old men dancing is beautiful.

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  4. Reblogged this on Retiredकलम and commented:

    Dear friends,
    Today , I re-blogged this article before you because I came to know that Shooter Avani Lekhra tomorrow wins the “Best Female Debut” honour at the 2021 Paralympic Award for her record breaking Gold medal at the Tokyo Games. .She became the first Indian female to win two medals in Games history..
    Many congratulations..


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