Tokyo Paralympics: Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj wins badminton silver
India kept extending its medal-winning feat at the Tokyo Paralympics, with Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj winning the silver medal in the SL4 badminton event.
It was yet another medal-winning performance from India, as para-shuttler Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj handed India another silver medal in the SL4 badminton event on Sunday. It was India's eighth silver in the competition, while India has now 19 medals in total, thus being placed at the 24th spot in the medal table.
He went down to France's Lucas Mazur 21-15, 17-21, 15-21 in a 62-minute showdown. Although the Indian had also lost to the Frenchman in the qualifiers, he produced a stunning performance thereon.
Consequently, he has become the first IAS officer to win a Paralympic medal. He happens to be Noida's Gautam Buddh Nagar's district magistrate.
Following his silver, he was honoured by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who tweeted, "A fantastic confluence of service and sports! @dmgbnagar Suhas Yathiraj has captured the imagination of our entire nation thanks to his exceptional sporting performance. Congratulations to him on winning the Silver medal in Badminton. Best wishes to him for his future endeavours."
He was also praised by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, who said in a tweet, "Congratulations to Suhas Yathiraj who gave a tough fight to world #1 and won silver medal in badminton at #Paralympics. Your dedication in pursuing sports while discharging duties as a civil servant is exceptional. Best wishes for a future full of accomplishments."
Meanwhile, the entire IAS community was thrilled with Yathiraj's performance that was reflected on social media. The IAS Association tweeted, "Congratulations Suhas LY, IAS, DM GB Nagar (Noida) for winning the silver medal in men's singles SL4 para-badminton at Tokyo Paralympics. We and the entire nation are proud of you".
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