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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: India to send largest contingent ever, set to match Rio 2016 record

India won its best medal ever at the 2016 Rio Paralympics – four medals, including two golds – and will now look to equal that race with 54 athletes competing in 22 disciplines.

Mariyappan Thangavelu will be the flag bearer of India at the opening ceremony.

Mariyappan Thangavelu will be the flag bearer of India at the opening ceremony. (Reuters Photo)

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  • The Tokyo Paralympics will be held from August 28 to September 5
  • India is sending its largest ever contingent with 54 para-athletes to compete in nine sports disciplines
  • Rio 2016 gold medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu will be India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony

On Sunday, Tokyo extinguished the Olympic flame, bid goodbye and marked the official conclusion of the Summer Games. Now, new beginnings are about to begin, as the 2020 Paralympics are about to begin on August 24.

The Tokyo Paralympics will consist of 593 events across 22 disciplines, which will be held at 21 venues. India will send its largest ever contingent with 54 para athletes to compete in nine sports disciplines. Rio Paralympic gold medalist in the 2016 men’s high jump Mariyappan Thangavelu will be India’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.

India’s previous largest contingent for the Paralympics was in Rio 2016 – where 19 athletes represented the country in five sports. It was India’s best ever performance at the Summer Paralympics with a total of four medals – two gold, one silver and one bronze.

All the athletes for Tokyo 2020 were selected by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) selection committee during a two-day trial at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, chaired by President and Rio 2016 silver medalist Deepa Malik.

“We had to take some really bold decisions regarding the welfare of the athletes. Had a tough time getting the tests done, for being able to formulate the SOP, we would like to thank the Sports Authority of India. Secretary personally at JLN Stadium Ignored the arrangements,” Deepa told ANI.

The team representing India consists of the following para athletes:

Men: Devendra Jhajharia, Ajit Singh and Sunder Singh Gurjar (Javelin F-46); Sandeep Choudhary and Sumit (Javelin F-64); Mariyappan Thangavelu, Sharad Kumar and Varun Singh Bhatti (High Jump T-63); Amit Kumar and Dharambir (club throw F-51); Nishad Kumar and Ram Pal (High Jump T-47); Sonam Rana (Shot Put F-57), Navdeep (Javelin F-41), Praveen Kumar (High Jump T-64), Yogesh Kathuniya ( Discus Throw F-56), Vinod Kumar ( Discus Throw F-56), Ranjit Bhati (Javelin F-57), Arvind (Shot Put F-35), Tek Chand (Javelin F-54).

Women: Ekta Wynn and Kashish Lakra (Club Throw F-51); Bhagyashree Jadhav (shot put F-34), Simran (100m T-13).

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