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PM Modi interacts with Indian para-athlete contingent for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games virtually

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Indian para-athlete contingent for the Tokyo-2020 Paralympic Games through video conferencing.

Fifty-four para-athletes from across nine sports disciplines will be heading to Tokyo to represent the nation. This is India’s largest-ever contingent to the Paralympic Games. Interacting with them, Mr. Modi said, the life is full of obstacles, but it is the indomitable spirit that makes people do something big in life.

During her interaction, Para Archer Jyoti Balyan shared her inspiring story of how she overcame the depression of losing her father and now aspires to win the medal for the nation. Mr. Modi lauded her saying despite losing her father, she bounced back and worked hard. Para-archer Rakesh Kumar said that after his accident in 2010, he used to take the help of two to even sit up, but in 2017, his life changed when he met his coach who inspired him to join sports. Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia said, there were many challenges in his life, but he never lost his spirit to do something for the nation.

Speaking on the occasion, Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur lauded the fighting spirit of para-athletes for showing brilliant performance at various international para-athletics games. He thanked the Prime Minister for extending support to athletes across the country.

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