Para athletes push for more sports categories to be included
The Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) and the Border Security Force (BSF) conducted a training camp for 100 para athletes who have the potential to represent India at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
This was the 3rd Divyang National Sports Training Camp in Bengaluru. Over 150 people took part in the camp, which was called Mission 100 About 15 of the participants were from Bengaluru.
Of this 40 will be shortlisted for professional training in 10 sports. They will have to take part in different tournaments such as Asian Games and World Championship to get maximum points to get selected for the 2020 Paralympics.
Mehta said that only five sports are recognised in India. His foundation is in talks with the Centre to include more. While in the 2016 Paralympics, 19 disabled people from participated and won four medals, in the Olympics, more than 200 abled bodied people took part and won two medals.
Mehta said that the foundation gets help from the defence forces and state governments and now needs the Centre to step in.
The athletes say that if more sports are recognised, they can win more medals. Mehta's foundation has been supporting para athletes in different sports. It is also adopting disabled kids from schools to train them in multiple sports.