Indian Para Athletes Gear Up for Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics World Championships -

Indian Para Athletes Gear Up for Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics World Championships

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Our objective is clear: to exceed our previous achievements and bring home more medals than ever before. The hard work of our coaches and players, coupled with the unwavering support from the association officials, has fueled our ambitions for success- Devendra Jhajharia, President of the Paralympic Committee of India

 

Rakesh Thapliyal 

New Delhi: With great enthusiasm and determination, the Indian contingent comprising 33 athletes is all set to embark on their journey to the Kobe 2024 World Para Athletics World Championships.

The send-off ceremony held here on Thursday marked a significant moment for these athletes as they prepare to showcase their prowess on the global stage. Total 40 athletes, 32 men and 8 women, are participating in this edition which is to be held between 17th-24th May. 

In the previous edition of the World Championships in Paris, India secured a commendable tally of 9 medals, including three golds. Looking ahead to Kobe 2024, the Indian team is aiming to surpass this achievement with a target of 13-14 medals. The athletes have undergone rigorous training and have received unparalleled support to enhance their performance. Positive results are expected from proven champions like Sumit Antil, Sachin Khilari , Simran Sharma and others.

Reflecting on this momentous occasion, Mr. Devendra Jhajharia, President of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), expressed his optimism and dedication towards the team’s goals. “Our objective is clear: to exceed our previous achievements and bring home more medals than ever before. The hard work of our coaches and players, coupled with the unwavering support from the association officials, has fueled our ambitions for success.”

Mr. Jhajharia, who himself has a remarkable sporting journey, added, “I vividly remember winning India’s first gold medal in the 2013 World Championships in France. Now, as President, I am committed to ensuring our athletes receive the best support to excel not only in Kobe but also as we look ahead to the Paralympics in Paris 2024.”

Sumit Antil, current World Record holder in javelin throw, is excited about the upcoming event. “ It is Olympic year, and every competition is very  important. All athletes are excited. Everyone is happy with their training and we hope to do well as contingent”, says Sumit.

Mr. Jayavanth Hamnawar, Secretary of PCI, emphasized the collective effort behind this mission. “Our team is focused and determined as we head to Kobe. We aim to surpass our medal count from the previous Olympics and continue our journey of excellence in para sports.”

Mr. Satya Narayan, General Secretary of PCI, underlined the growing prominence of para sports in India. “From our first medal in 2013 to the remarkable achievements in recent years, Indian para athletes continue to inspire the nation. With the backing of our Prime Minister and the collective encouragement of our citizens, we are poised for greater success.”

As the Indian contingent embarks on this journey to Kobe, they carry with them the hopes and aspirations of a nation rallying behind their pursuit of excellence on the world stage.

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