The Tokyo Paralympics is to begin on 24 August. India is sending a team of 54 players to these games. The country is expecting many medals this time.
Neeraj Chopra is the first player to win a medal in athletics for India
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history by winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. At the age of 23, Neeraj won the gold medal in his first Olympic Games. A similar feat was done by another athlete from India in the year 2004. Devendra Jhajharia, who hails from Rajasthan, won the gold medal in the javelin throw at the 2004 Athens Paralympics. At that time, Devendra’s age was also 23 years old and that too was his first Olympics. Today, inspired by the success of Neeraj Chopra, he is dreaming of completing his hat-trick of gold medals.
Neeraj and Devendra have developed a good friendship because of Javelin. After Neeraj’s exploits in Tokyo, Devendra will now go to Paralympic Games with the intention of winning gold for the third time. Devendra told that even at the age of 40, he got the passion to bring gold for the country only from the success of Neeraj.
Devendra inspired by Neeraj’s success
This athlete, who got India two Paralympic gold medals, praised Neeraj times of India Said, ‘What Neeraj has done is unbelievable. Returning with a gold medal in his very first Olympics is the hallmark of a veteran player. Her performance has instilled a new confidence in me. Inspired by him, I would like to complete my hat-trick of gold. I will compete at the same place where Neeraj has created history. I try to throw a distance between 67 meters and 69 meters and break my world record. I am feeling very fit and my preparations are also in the right direction.
Neeraj also respects Devendra a lot and talks about the game whenever they meet. Recalling his meeting with the 23-year-old young gold medalist, Devendra said, ‘We keep talking to each other. We have met four times at different sports functions. He always tells me that I will do the throw. He respects me a lot. I share my experiences with them. I told him that whatever the ups and downs, keep yourself motivated.
Paralympians should get and respect in India
Jhajharia believes that India does not have that much awareness about Paralympics, that is why Indian players do not get the same respect as in other countries. He said, ‘Para athletes in India do not get the same respect as in European countries. There, para players are given a lot of respect. There is a lack of awareness about Paralympics in our country.
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