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Tokyo Paralympics: Para-swimmer Niranjan Mukundan granted bi-partite quota

India's swimming strength at the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics will now be doubled following the bi-partite quota for Niranjan Mukundan.

Tokyo Paralympics: Para-swimmer Niranjan Mukundan granted bi-partite quota-ayh
New Delhi, First Published Aug 3, 2021, 5:31 PM IST

In another positive news for the Indian contingent scheduled to participate in the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics, para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has been granted the bi-partite quota. The decision was announced by the International Paralympic Committee, meaning that India would now possess a couple of swimmers in its 54-para athlete strong contingent.

Suyash Narayan Jadhav was the only guy until now to have qualified for the same. Also, it would be India's first swimming commitment at the Games since the 1972 Heidelberg Paralympics, with Murlikant Petkar winning the gold in the 50m freestyle, with a world record.

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Jadhav, who had booked his place at the 2018 Asian Para Games, would be competing in the 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley. Meanwhile, Mukundan would compete in the 50m butterfly category.

"This is the first time after the 1972 Games that India will have para swimmers competing. This is a proud moment for us as we look to record the best ever show at the Paralympics," said Deepa Malik (Paralympic Committee of India president) in a release.
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