India eyeing 15 medals at World Pata Athletics: Devendra Jhajharia

Photograph credits ( S Kannan)

India will hope to win 14 to 15 medals at the Kobe World Para Athletics Championships, said Devendra Jhajharia at a send-off function in New Delhi on Thursday.

“This is an important year for Para athletes at the World Championship and Paris,” said Jhajharia. “I speak as an athlete at heart and now President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) .

“I wish to thank all the sponsors on board with us, especially Shrachi group, Indian Oil and all others,” added the PCI President, a Khel Ratna and Padma awardee.

Present on stage at the send-off were Rahul Todi from Shrachi group and officials from Indian Oil.

“We are getting full support from the Sports Authority of India and now we have sponsors on board,” said Jhajharia. “I am sure the Para athletes will win more medals in Paris than in Tokyo.”
It is after a five-year gap that the World Para Athletics Championship is being held in Kobe, Japan. In all, 40 athletes will be representing India, the highest ever.

“We from Shrachi group want to come in sports,” said Todi. “We have created sports infrastructure and now we want to encourage all athletes and Para athletes.

“I have played all sports, but did not excel. Make the nation proud.”

Also present at the send-off was Deepa Malik, former PCI president.

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