“When I look at these athletes, I feel like I am doing so less in front of them. These para-athletes are the true epitome of confidence and hard work,” said Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, expressing his respect for the athletes.
He also said that the athletes “are a source of inspiration” for him.
He was addressing from Delhi, on the eve of a greeting off ceremony for India’s Para athletes, who are set to depart for the upcoming 2018 Asian Para Games to be held in Jakarta.
The actor added he wanted his kids to get inspired by the players.
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“I want to make them learn how to be confident and how to keep up the spirit of working hard always,” he said.
Towards the end he also pledged his alliance with the para-sports, saying “I am the ambassador of Paralympic sports in India ”
Later on Twitter, he also thanked the Para committee and wished the athletes luck for the 2018 Asian Para Games.
Thx to the Paralympic Committee of India & Mr. Rao to allow me to get inspired by the Paralympic Contingent of boys & girls. Learnt the lesson of celebrating incompleteness with grit & courage. Jao & Chak Doh Phatte !! Lov & best wishes to all of u pic.twitter.com/XpfnqVGTud
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 26, 2018
When the king of romance strikes THAT pose for you and with you. It's heartening to see you support para sports and help create awareness, @iamsrk. #AsianParaGames2018 #DeepaInspiring #India #IndiaSports
Video credits: Anupam Gautam pic.twitter.com/LHabeQJXSW
— Deepa Malik (@DeepaAthlete) September 27, 2018
In April, the Chak De actor expressed his dream of one day seeing his youngest son, Abram, in an Indian Hockey Jersey.
2018 Para Asian Games, Jakarta
The 3rd Asian Para Games is a multi-sport event to be held for the Asian athletes with disabilities. It is scheduled to be staged from 8th to 13th October. The opening ceremony on 6th. Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, will host the event.
The competition will see participation from a total of 42 nations in the Asian region. The games would parallel the Asian games 2018.
Guangzhou, China, and Incheon, South Korea hosted the previous two editions in 2010 and 2014 respectively.
11 venues will host 19 the games across the city of Jakarta.
The mascot for the event is Momo, a Brahminy Eagle.
The name ‘Momo’ is a short abbreviation of ‘MOtivation’ and ‘MObility’.
India’s performance at the 2014 Incheon Para Games
India witnessed the participation of 87 athletes for the last edition’s Asian Para Games.
The Indian contingent had an excellent campaign, with a total of 33 medals won. The medal tally included 3 gold, 14 silver, and 16 bronze medals.
Amit Kumar and Sharad Kumar won a gold each, both in athletics, whereas Parul Parmar won another gold medal in badminton. Amit Kumar also won 2 silver in athletics, both in the discus throw events.
Shahrukh Khan’s Sports Connection
Contribution of Sports in SRK’s Life
A lesser known fact about Shahrukh Khan is that he owes his entire film career to the sport of football. An active football and hockey player, Khan won the Sword of Honour. This was his school, St. Columba’s school’s highest sports award.
Naturally, he wanted to make a career in sports itself. But a grievous shoulder injury meant he could never pursue sports competitively.
He then started acting in stage plays and received rave praises for his imitation of Bollywood actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar. Later, he went on to feature in a television series, Dil Dariya and the rest is history.
Later, in 2008, Shahrukh Khan bought an IPL cricket team, known as Kolkata Knight Riders. He often mentions this move as a “dream come true” for him. The Kolkata based franchise was bought in association with friend Juhi Chawla, for a total of ₹298 crores.
Likewise, a couple of other Bollywood personalities were among the owners of other IPL teams. But unlike his film industry counterparts, he further deepened his attachment in the sport by investing in two other cricketing franchises Trinbago Knight Riders and Cape Town Knight Riders. Consequently, in 2015, TKR won the Carribean Premier League in their inaugural season.
On the other hand, CTKR will see a major transition in the current squad, with marquee players Chris Gayle and JP Duminy coming in.
As a result of these shrewd business deals, Kolkata Knight Riders saw a record revenue of 125 crores last year.
Apart from cricket, certain reports suggested that Shahrukh Khan is considering to buy an I-League football team, most preferably the city of Kolkata.