- Indian para cyclists clinched a silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Road Para-Cycling Championships 2019 in Tashkent
- Two-time Silver medalist, para-athlete Divij Shah added one more silver to his record
- Gurlal Singh clinched the bronze in the C4 section
Indian para cyclists clinched a silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Road Para-Cycling Championships 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on Monday where a total of twenty-eight countries took part. The tournament ran from April 23 to April 28.
Two-time Silver medalist, para-athlete Divij Shah added one more silver to his record at this prestigious tournament by securing his third consecutive silver medal in the C5 category.
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Divij Shah, who lives by the maxim that fear is the greatest disability of all spoke on his achievement, “Feels great to have retained the silver position for the third time. A lot of hard work needs to go in to cover up the gap to get the gold. I have received tremendous support from the Cycling Federation of India (CFI) and Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) to make it to the top.”
Indian para-athletes came up with brilliant performance to secure a silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Road Para-Cycling Championships at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. pic.twitter.com/f4a22JIcmn— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) April 30, 2019
Asian Para Games bronze medallist Gurlal Singh is also the only Indian cyclist (able-bodied or otherwise) to win a medal at the Asian level, clinched the bronze in the C4 section.
Another hand cyclist Sudhakar Marathe from Maharashtra secured a bronze medal in the H5 category in his debut. Marathe had an unfortunate train accident in 2017 and it is only six months ago that he started his training. With his continuous determination and will, he won all hearts.
The Indian squad is winning a silver and bronze in each edition of this championship for the last two years because of Divij and Harinder Singh.
The entire team went under excessive training at the AMF academy in Hyderabad under the guidance of coach K. Dattatreya and physiotherapist Asha Shaikh.
Mehta, a para-cyclist and the founder of AMF was in touch with the squad and worked closely with them. He praised the athletes for their achievements.
Mehta expressed his pride by claiming that the medals are a reward for their tremendous grit and determination. He says that there is still a long way to go and a lot of hard work has to go in he is extremely happy with the boys’ response to the competition with the resources available. He wishes them the best for their future and believes that they will bring a Gold for India for sure.