India’s Rio Paralympians – Rampal Chahar
27-year old Rampal Chahar is a para high-jumper who aspires to make India proud at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Rampal hails from a remote village beyond Sonipat, Haryana.
At the age of four, Rampal met with an accident which resulted in partial amputation of his right arm.
Rampal had a keen interest in sports since his school days and often undertook training in high jump and casually competed with other athletes.
However, failing to see a career in sports, he switched his focus to education and after his higher secondary, he completed a Polytechnic Diploma.
His life took a drastic turn when he met fellow para athlete Amit Saroha whom he now considers as his role model.
Amit Saroha, a Paralympian and an Arjuna Awardee, encouraged Rampal to join para sports.
Rampal's focus, hardwork and determination supported him to win a gold medal with national record in high jump.
He also won a gold medal in his very first international tournament at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia with a jump of 1.85 m.
With the training and support of his coach Subash Sarkar, Rampal hopes to win at the Rio Games.