The word Paralympics mean “parallel with the Olympics.” The prefix Para comes from the Greek word for alongside. The term has been chosen to embody the enthusiasm of two movements side by side. Among the people, there is a misconception that “Para” denotes the paraplegic, which dates back to the game’s origins. For wheelchair athletes, the first version of the Paralympics was invoked at Stoke Mandeville Hospital on the first day of the London Olympics in 1948.
About the organisers :
The organizer of this event was LudqigGutmann, who quoted saying that Stoke Mandeville Games would get the acknowledgment, as “the paraplegics”, equivalent to the Olympics. Rome participated as the host in the first Paralympics in Seoul Games, in 1988.
Indian Participants :
When the Indians took the stance to prove themselves in the Paralympics, and they didn’t stay behind due to some utmost talented players like Deepa Malik, Davendra Jhajharia, Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati made us feel proud.
Mariyaapan is an Indian Paralympic high jumper and held men’s high jump T-42 category in Rio de Janerio in 2016 Summer Paralympic Games. Even, since 2004, he is the India’s first Paralympian gold medalist. At only age five, a drunk bus driver ran over his right leg that caused him permanent disability below the knee area of his right leg. In 2016 Summer Paralympic Games, Mariyaapan managed to clear the distance of 1.78m in men’s high jump that made him qualified for Rio Paralympics, where he successfully took the leap of 1.89m.
Varun Singh Bhati
Varun Singh Bhati is a Para high jumper from India and won Bronze in the 2016 summer Olympics. Varun won numbers of medals in internationally organized events. At a very tender age, Poliomyelitis afflicted him. The sports talent in Varun was noticed, when he was in St Josephs School in Greater Noida. Even after his T-24 disability, he managed to catch the attention through the registration of ‘A’ qualification mark for the Summer Paralympic Games in London with a performance of 1.60m.
Deepa Malik is the first woman who won the silver at Paralympics and was about to set the history. Accompanied with a personalized chair, she was holding 6.5 pounds shot put straight along her right shoulder. After a couple of deep breaths, she aimed for a successful shot from 15 feet. Such a breathtaking short lets her bag silver medal in Paralympics for the first time among the Indians in Paralympics. Since the time she developed a spinal tumor in her early 30s, she has become paralyzed. She stated that as a first woman.It’s an honor to win Paralympic medal and it’s a lifelong achievement to cherish further.
Just after a few days, at the summer games Davendra Jhajharia also gave a historic performance by winning the gold medal. When Davendra had been just 8 years old, he accidentally touched an open and live wire that causes his left arm partially damaged. Due to his missing limbs, he had to face a lot of bad comments and taunts. However, winning the gold medal, Jhajharia proved those commentators wrong. Beating the 2004 Athens Paralympic record made by his owner, this javelin thrower won the gold medal this year.
Both Malik in the shot put and Jhajharia in javelin throwing were among the 19 athletes, who were representing India for the 2016 Paralympics. However, Paralympics, this time, is the proof that the changes in the sports field are raising in the country. Even, it feels proud to say that this time, India had the largest Paralympic delegation for the first time than it had before.
Even, some great supports come from the coaches and other role models who already walked such challenging path to some extent. Niranjan Mukundan is the perfect example of getting the power of a good coach. As born with the Spinal defect and club foot, this 22-year-old swimmer crowned with junior world champion last year with a silver medal at International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports event in Netherland. Coach John Christopher from Bangalore introduced Mukundan to the world of Para-swimming when he was only 8-year-old, and within less than a year he won a silver medal in his first national event.