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Blind sportspersons to be the focus of India's contingent at the Asian Para Games

From athletics to judo to chess, India's blind sportspersons will be showing their skills in a wide range of sports in the upcoming Asian Para Games to be held in Jakarta in October this year.

In all, 187 sportspersons will play for India in the games, which will be held from 6 to 13 October. Among them are Paralympic medalists Deepa Mehta, Devendra Jhajharia, M Thangavelu, H N Girisha, and Varun Bhatti.

There will be 302 people in all going from India, including coaches and other support members, making this the biggest contingent ever. This is because there are a large number of people being sent to support the needs of blind sportspersons.

India will be competing in 13 sports in these games, which includes archery, boccia, and shotpin bowling. This is also the first time that chess for physically disabled people and the blind will be held at the Games. India will send 18 blind chess players, men and women for the event.

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