World Para Athletics C’ship: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitates medal-winning Indian para-athletes


New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju felicitated the medal-winning Indian para-athletes with cash awards for their best-ever performance at the recently-concluded World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

Sandeep Chaudhary and Sundar Singh Gurjar, who claimed the coveted gold medal in the men’s javelin F64 and F46 events respectively, were handed a cash prize of Rs. 20 lakhs each.

Javelin thrower Sumit Antil and high jumper Sharad Kumar, who bagged silver medals in the F64 event and T63 event respectively, were given Rs 14 lakhs.

The five bronze winners — Vinay Kumar Lal (men’s 400m T44), Yogesh Kathuniya (men’s discus throw F56), Mariyappan Thangavelu (men’s high jump T63), Nishad Kumar (men’s high jump T47) and Ajeet Singh (men’s javelin F46) were handed a cheque of Rs 8 lakhs.

Vinod Kumar (men’s discus throw F52), Praveen Kumar (Men’s High Jump T64), Rinku Hooda (Men’s Javelin Throw F46) and Ekta Bhyan (Women’s Club Throw F51) also earned quotas for the 2020 Paralympics.

India clinched a total of nine medals — two gold, two silver and five bronze and also secured 13 quota places at the Tokyo Paralympic.

India have won a total of 23 quotas across sports for the 2020 Paralympics.

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