Parasports December 29, 2018
Top 10 para sportspersons for 2018
2018 was a great year for Indian para sports. From blind cricket to chess to the 72 medal haul at the Asian Para Games, this was a year of many milestones.
Given the many varied achievements, a Top 10 list does little justice. Our list is an attempt to reflect the achievers across a range of sports.
Ekta Bhyan was clearly among the stars at the Para Games with her gold medal at the women’s club throw event, making her the first female gold medalist from Haryana.
Javelin thrower Sandeep Chaudhary also won India her first gold medal in the Games and set the bar high for the rest to follow.
Swimmer Suyash Jadhav followed suit, winning India her second gold.
India’s Blind Cricket team demonstrated why they are such champions yet again, winning the World Cup Tournament for the second time. India beat Pakistan in a very exciting final, cementing its position as world champs once again in the T20 series against Sri Lanka, with a 5-0 win.
Deaf Cricket too has come of age in India. The Deaf Cricket Society hosted a five-nation T20 series in Gurugram that was sponsored by STar Sports.
Divyesh Somdagar made a mark in the Cerebral Palsy World Games winning gold medals in the 200-m and 400-m race track events. He funded his participation through crowd funding because there was no government support forthcoming.
Natasha Joshi rarely misses her mark and this 13-year-old hard of hearing proved her exceptional talent in rifle shooting by winning the national-level championship. Keep an eye out for her!
Blind chess has a new star with Darpan Inani being rated India number one. Inani walked away with top honours at the Creon Open Chess tournament in France.
Arunima Sinha continues to prove time and time again why she is such an inspiration. The world’s first amputee to scale Mount Everest set off to scale new heights, this time to climb the highest peak in the Antarctica
Sporty Sikh Amarjeet Singh Chawla continues to defy every barrier, as he prepares for his 101st marathon in January 2019. This 64-year-old blind marathoner continues to defy every perception, be it regarding age or disability!
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