India’s Rio Paralympians – Sharad Kumar
High jump athlete Sharad Kumar who is from Bengaluru has set his sights on a gold medal at the upcoming Rio Paralympic Games.
Sharad has won a gold medal in the Asian Para Games 2014 and ranked sixth in the 2015 World Championships.
A polio attack at the age of two led to a paralysis in Sharad's left leg. His brother noticed his interest in sports and encouraged him to participate in high-jump events in school where he broke all the records and got the confidence to take up the sport seriously.
Sharad calls his coach, Satyanarayan, and his parents the most influential people in his career.
Sharad has also experienced the challenges of being a sportsperson when he tested positive for a banned substance in 2012 and missed the chance to compete in the London Paralympics. He says his faith in himself and the passion for sports has made him stronger and more focused on giving his best.
He also holds a Masters degree in politics from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.