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Tokyo Paralympics: India to participate in 9 sports

With just over a week to go before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the preparations are also underway for the Tokyo Paralympics, slated to be played from August 24. Meanwhile, the Indians have broadened their area in the Paralympics, as they would take part in nine sports.

Tokyo Paralympics: India to participate in 9 sports-ayh
New Delhi, First Published Jul 13, 2021, 1:35 PM IST
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Just ten days to go before the Tokyo Olympics gets underway, it would not be long before the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics begins as well. As of now, it kicks off from August 24, while the preparations for the same are underway as well in full swing.

Meanwhile, India would be looking to broaden its reach and dominance in the Paralympics, as it would be taking part in nine games for the first time. It would be four more from the previous edition in Rio de Janerio.

During the 2016 event, 19 para-athletes took part, winning twin golds, along with a silver and bronze each. Also, it is expected that a total of 42 para-athletes would take part in the upcoming Paralympics.

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"Around ₹26 crore have been spent for the para-sports in the current Olympic cycle. A total of ₹6.1 crore have been spent under TOPS on the current core athletes in the form of support towards foreign exposure, equipment, sports science services, coaching and out of pocket allowance," a document from MYAS read, reports ANI.

Furthermore, ₹19.83 crore were allotted for Annual Calendar for Training and Competition. Meanwhile, 2016 para gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu would be leading the contingent during the Paralympics this term.

Deepa Malik, President of Paralympic Committee of India, to the publication, said that the committee needed to make some bold decisions regarding the athletes' welfare. At the same time, the March National Meet this year happened to be a vital one. Although there were challenges in getting the trails done, the PCI thanked the Sports Authority of India for helping it make it to the SOP. Moreover, the secretary looked after the arrangements at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

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