Sports news | 40 Indian athletes with special needs to participate in World Para Athletics Championships

New Delhi [India]May 9 (ANI): With great enthusiasm and determination, the Indian contingent of 33 athletes is all set to begin their journey towards the 2024 World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe.

Today's farewell ceremony is an important moment for these athletes as they prepare to showcase their prowess on the world stage. The edition, which will be held from May 17 to 24, will bring together 40 athletes, 32 men and 8 women, according to a press release issued by the Indian Paralympic Committee (PCI).

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In the previous edition of the World Championships in Paris, India won nine medals, including three gold medals. Ahead of Kobe 2024, the Indian team aims to surpass this milestone with a target of 13-14 medals. Athletes undergo rigorous training and receive unparalleled support to improve their performance. Positive results are expected from proven champions like Sumit Antil, Sachin Khilari, Simran Sharma and others.

Commenting on the momentous occasion, Devendra Jhajaria, President, Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), expressed optimism and dedication towards the team's cause. “Our goal is clear: to surpass our previous achievements and win more medals than ever before. The hard work of our coaches and players, coupled with the unwavering support of federation officials, has fueled our ambitions for success.

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“I vividly remember winning India's first gold medal at the 2013 World Championships in France. “Now, as President, I am committed to ensuring that our athletes have the best support to excel not only in sports,” added Gajaria, who has extraordinary experience. sports trip. “Kobe but also looking forward to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.”

Sumit Antil, the current world record holder in javelin throw, is excited about the upcoming event. “It’s an Olympic year and every competition is very important. All the athletes are motivated. Everyone is happy with their training and we hope we can do well as a team,” said Sumit.

Jayavanth Hamnawar, CPI Secretary, highlighted the collective efforts behind this mission. “Our team is focused and determined as we head to Kobe. We aim to surpass our medal total from previous Olympics and continue our journey of excellence in para sports.

Expressing gratitude to the partners who have played a vital role in developing Indian sporting talents, Subimal Mondal, CEO, Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), reiterated their long-term commitment. “Indian Oil has played an important role in shaping the sporting landscape in India, supporting athletes through various initiatives. Our collaboration with PCI and SAI highlights our vision for preparing future Olympic athletes.

Rahul Todi, Managing Director, Sharashi Group, highlighted the importance of inclusion and equality in sports. “Sport has the power to overcome barriers and promote competitiveness and equality. We are committed to leveraging our infrastructure to empower athletes and contribute to their development.

Satya Narayan, general secretary of PCI, highlighted the growing importance of sports for people with disabilities in India. “From our first medal in 2013 to the incredible achievements of recent years, Indian athletes continue to inspire the nation. With the support of our Prime Minister and the collective dynamic of our citizens, we are poised for even greater success.

As the Indian contingent begins its journey to Kobe, it carries with it the hopes and aspirations of a country united in its quest for excellence on the world stage. (that I)

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