The country are sending their biggest ever contingent of 54 para athletes for the quadrennial event.
It was a great ending at the Tokyo Olympics for India as Neeraj Chopra clinched the Gold medal and India finished with their highest ever medal tally. With the Olympics over, we now shift our focus to the Tokyo Paralympics which is set to start on August 24.
There are about 593 events across 22 disciplines to be hosted across 21 venues at the Tokyo Paralympics. India have sent their biggest contingent of 54 Paralympians.
The Indians have had a superb Rio Paralympics in 2016 where 19 Paralympians participated and ended up with their best-ever finish with two golds, one silver and one bronze medal. There are hopes of even beating Rio’s record haul in Tokyo Paralympics.
Here let us take a look at the Indian Paralympians who have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics.
The Indian archers have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics after performing well at the 2019 World Archery Para Championships.
- Harvinder Singh (Recurve individual)
- Vivek Chikara (Recurve individual)
- Rakesh Kumar (Compound individual)
- Shyam Sundar Swami (Compound individual)
One of India’s areas of strength at the Tokyo Paralympics as the athletes will be spearheaded by Rio Gold Medallist in high jump Mariyappan Thangavelu. There are a lot of expectations from Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajhariya as well.
- Devendra Jhajharia (Javelin F-46)
- Ajeet Singh (Javelin F-46)
- Sundar Singh Gurjar (Javelin F-46)
- Sandeep Chaudhary (Javelin F-64)
- Sumit (Javelin F-64),
- Mariyappan Thangavelu (High Jump T-63)
- Sharad Kumar (High Jump T-63)
- Varun Singh Bhatti (High jump T-63)
- Amit Kumar (Club Throw F-51)
- Dharambir (Club throw F-51)
- Nishad Kumar (High Jump T-47)
- Ram Pal (High jump T-47)
- Sonam Rana (Shot put F-57)
- Navdeep (Javelin F-41)
- Praveen Kumar (High jump T-64)
- Yogesh Kathuniya (Discus throw F-56)
- Vinod Kumar (Discus throw F-56)
- Ranjeet Bhati (Javelin F-57)
- Arvind (Shot put F-35)
- Tek Chand (Javelin F-54)
- Ekta Bhyan
- Kashish Lakra (Club throw F-51)
- Bhagyashri Jadhav (shot put F-34)
- Simran Sharma (100m T-13).
Indians love badminton mainly due to the Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu and their heroics at the Olympics over the years. But now they will get an opportunity to cheer for their Paralympians in badminton as it will be a part of the Tokyo Paralympics for the first time.
- Pramod Bhagat
- Manoj Sarkar
- Tarun Dhillon
- Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj
- Krishna Nagar
- Paul Parmar, Palak Kohli (Women’s doubles)
Para Canoeing is a sport where India will be participating for the first time. Prachi Yadav will be the first Indian para canoe to participate in the Tokyo Paralympics. She qualified for the Para Games after she finished 8th in the ICF Championship in 2019.
India will have two participants in this discipline.
- Jaideep Deswal (Men’s 65kgs)
- Sakina Khatun (Women’s 50kgs)
The Indian para shooters have qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics after their impressive performances at the World Shooting Para Sport Championships and Para Shooting World Cups. The Indian para shooters are hopeful that they can bring home some medals.
- Manish Narwal (10m air pistol)
- Deepender Singh (10m air pistol)
- Singhraj (10m air pistol)
- Swaroop Mahavir Unhalkar (10m air rifle standing)
- Deepak Saini (50m rifle positions, 10m air rifle standing)
- Rubina Francis (10m air pistol)
- Avani Lekhara (10m air rifle, 50m air rifle)
- Rahul Jakhar, Akash (25m pistol)
- Manish Narwal, Singhraj, Akash (50m pistol)
- Deepak Saini, Sidhartha Babu, Avani Lekhara (10m air rifle)
- Avani Lekhara, Deepak Saini, Siddhartha Babu (50m air rifle)
- Niranjan Mukundan (50m Butterfly)
- Suyash Jadhav (50m Butterfly, 200m individual medley)
India will have two participants swimming at the Tokyo Paralympics.
- Sonal Patel
- Bhavina Patel
Both the Table Tennis players are from Gujarat and they will look to fly the Indian tricolour high at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Aruna Singh Tomar (Women’s 44-49kgs)
Aruna Singh Tomar will be India’s sole representative in Taekwondo at the Tokyo Paralympics.