Shortly after the Rio Olympics got over, now begins the Rio Paralympics. Paralympics is a great pusher for sports played by the disabled. It is an elixir of the courage of the disabled and that disabilities do not stop anyone from achieving what they want. Google has honored the Rio 2016 Paralympics with a Google doodle.
A total o 19 Indian athletes will feature in 10 discipline at the Rio Paralympics. The Paralympics will see as many as 4300 participants from 23 disciplines. Till date, India won as many as 8 medals that include 2 gold, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes.
India is hoping for a improved medal tally now. Indians will participate in High jump, Archery, Shot put, shooting, Swimming, Javelin throw, Power-lifting, Discus throw, club throw and 1500 runs .
There are several disciplines at the Olympics that will include athletics, boccia, cycling, equestrian, football, goal-ball, judo, para-triathlon, sailing, shooting, swimming table tennis, volleyball. There will also be a lot of games played bound on the wheelchair – basketball, tennis, rugby, canoe-kayak, triathlon.
Key players to watch out for in Indian Paralympics among men would be Mariyappan thangavelu, Varun Singh Bhati, Sundar Singh Gurjar, Devendra Jhajaria, Rinku Narendar Ranbir, Sandeep, amit Kumar Saroha, Dharambir, Naresh Kumar Sharma, Suyash Narayan Jadhav, Basha Farman, Virender Dhanka, Ankur Dharma,
Among Women important players would be Pooja, Deepa Malik, Karamjyoti Dalal.Though, the Rio Olympics 2016 gave a party time, India did well with just 3 medals. However, the poor medal tally has not been impressive. It is time to see India’s performance at the held at Rio this year
While medal tally might be important, it goes well with the tag-line from Adidas: ‘Impossible is nothing’ and is a good example of how people with disabilities too have a chance.The Paralympics is about hope than about winning.