Para badminton athletes bring Internationals laurels

Para badminton athletes bring Internationals laurels
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Tollywood actresses Shilpa Reddy and Regina Cassandra felicitated winners of the Irish Para Badminton Internationals at Inorbit Mall in Hitec City on Thursday. The event was conducted as part of an awareness programme organised by the Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF).

Tollywood actresses Shilpa Reddy and Regina Cassandra felicitated winners of the Irish Para Badminton Internationals at Inorbit Mall in Hitec City on Thursday. The event was conducted as part of an awareness programme organised by the Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF).

These para-athletes, who were earlier given financial aid for the Irish Internationals, showcased their innate ability in taking up challenging tasks and won laurels for the country. Their performance at the tournament in Ireland bagged six medals in India’s account.

Anand Kumar won three bronze medals in Singles SL4 category, Doubles SL3- SL4 category with Manoj Sarkar and Mixed Doubles with Katrin from Germany. Manoj Sarkar achieved one silver medal in Singles SL3 category, one bronze medal in Doubles SL3-SL4 category with Anand Kumar. Mark Dharmai won one silver in Doubles SS6 category with Paul Doling from England. Girish Sharma also represented India at the tournament.

“No Indians in the normal categories have so far won a gold medal in the World Championship but the Para Badminton players have. We deserve the same facilities that other athletes are getting.” – Anand Kumar, Para Badminton Champion and current world number one

Speaking to The Hans India, Para Badminton Champion and current world number one in men’s doubles, Anand Kumar said, “It’s a proud moment for the nation and I would like to thank Aditya Mehta who supported us. Para sports need to be treated equally alongside normal sports. We deserve the same facilities that other athletes are getting. We need to be treated as normal players.

“I noticed that we don’t even have 10 per cent of the facilities that para athletes of other countries do. If we get sponsors, we can win many more medals for the country. No Indians in the normal categories have so far won a gold medal in the World Championship but the Para Badminton players have,” he stated.

On the occasion Regina said, “It’s a proud moment for us, finally they have proved that they can do anything. They need our support. I would like to appreciate the great efforts put by these champions.”

A Dinakar Babu Managing Director Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS), Vijay Bhatia Centre Head Inorbit Mall Cyberabad were also present at the occasion, which was organised by support from SATS, Hyderabad Paws Magazine and Newscafe.

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