Attitude should change .. we!

The scope of these games should now be expanded without considering the Paralympics as ‘events’; That means medals will also increase.

The scope of these games should now be expanded without considering the Paralympics as ‘events’; That means medals will also increase.

For the second consecutive Olympic year, India’s Paralympians outperformed the Olympians. But in both cases, the Indian players recorded the best performance to date for the country. Celebrations for the best performers at the Tokyo Olympics begin in the country, at the same time as the Paralympic Games begin. However, it is admirable that the attention of the Indian team, which entered the tournament in record numbers, was not distracted by outside elements. Kovid’s fate was similar to that of the Olympics. On the contrary, competitors were at greater risk this time around, as the experience to date has taken at least eight to ten days for corona to emerge from a multicultural event such as a competition. But with the exception of a few early ones, the Japanese organizers were extremely successful in eradicating the slippery slope of the contagion, and the fact that they received great support from the players and coaches should be remarkably commendable to all concerned. The Indian team won 19 medals this year; Which includes five gold, eight silver and six bronze medals. India had won a total of 12 medals in all the competitions before the Tokyo Olympics. Earlier, we had won four medals each in 1984 and 2016. At the same time, our Olympic teams have not won two doubles medals in a single competition. One thing that is clear from this is that even though the Paralympics have given us secondary treatment at various levels, the actual athletes did not pay much attention to it and focused on the competition. The quality of these players is not enough to get 19 medals and 24th position in the medal table.

This is because not only the medal winner, but also the story of the other contestants should be an independent inspirational story. Inspirational story is not an issue that is lacking in these handicapped or disabled congregations. So the real grief for them is that the society and the government are not sensitive enough to understand their problems. In order not to make him feel ‘bad’, the government court began to consider him as ‘Divyang’. Loksatta has abruptly avoided using the word from the beginning. Your responsibility ended when you ‘sanctified’ the cripples or their physical disabilities. Because the immature, escapist role of ‘they want sympathy, not sympathy, show it’ is seen through the term ‘paralysis’! This is similar to calling Dalits ‘Harijans’ in the pre-independence period. Calling them ‘Harichi Lekare’ means that their place is outside the village, even if they are neglected. Some even call the blind ‘blind’. What kind of vision I mean, like all the ‘seers’ with eyes! People with disabilities do not want grace and protection. They expect to get what they deserve. Your sensitivity should be measured by the number of railway stations, malls, public toilets for the disabled. Count how many books of engineering or medicine are available in Braille or have their audio versions released. Research should be done on how much space is available for wheelchairs on the sidewalks and how urmat cyclists use them. This is a true measure of responsibility and sensitivity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the athletes at the beginning of the Paralympic Games and said, “We will watch this competition.” Praise this enthusiasm and encouragement. As a result, the competition was shown on some government and private channels. The performances of the players in the news channels and newspapers got daily publicity. Significant contributions to the performance of our athletes at the Tokyo Paralympics have been made by government support. Javelin thrower Sumit Antil broke three world records while winning the gold medal. He trained with Neeraj Chopra three years ago in Finland with the help of state-of-the-art facilities. He was later able to compete in three countries. Prosthetic equipment was expensive, but the burden was borne by the Sports Authority of India. Neither the Central nor the concerned state governments have been reluctant to give cash prizes to Paralympians like the Olympians. The 54-member team that went to the Tokyo Paralympics was part of the government’s ‘Tops’ initiative to win an Olympic medal. The government has spent Rs 8.5 crore on para-sports in the last three years, the Lok Sabha said recently. Whether it is gold medalist Avni Lekhara or silver medalist table tennis player Bhavina Patel, the government has not spared any effort in providing modern equipment to the shooters. An event like the Olympic Gold Quest, which has been a success with private support, has also recently started for Paralympian congregations. This year, ten medal winners were the beneficiaries.

These details are encouraging. But keep in mind that this is just the beginning. The private sector should also look beyond the net of ‘social responsibility’ and help these virtues. Badminton was included in the Paralympics for the first time this year and we won four medals. Apart from badminton, he won medals in athletics, shooting and table tennis. The scope of these games should be expanded. This means that the medals will also increase automatically. Sports and players are considered essential to boost the confidence and enthusiasm of a society. This requires updating of facilities. Today there are different categories of disabled players. They are classified according to their ability. This classification is very scientific. We also need to develop the necessary branch of biomechanics. If that happened, it would not be a disgrace for a talented Indian player to be disqualified for a medal simply for not playing in his particular group. Subtle research on this subject has been going on for many years in Western countries. This is not impossible in a country like India, which has a network of quality and training institutes in the fields of medicine and engineering. Because the benefits will not be limited to the Paralympics or athletes. You have to show willpower for this. The event has to get out of the addictive mindset. More recently, the government and private companies were unhappy with the broadcast of the Rio Paralympics, as the reason for not getting revenue was put forward! Therefore, the sincere enthusiasm shown today in the case of these churches should not be underestimated. One of the contestants who won a medal in the high jump in this competition was stunted at a young age. The fear of being teased by his peers made the little one feel the same way. His father told him, ‘They will do whatever they want. You have to decide what you want to do. ‘ The boy, who took the advice head on, won a medal for the country today. The story of the Paralympians and the disabled in the country is no different. They succeed, only after ignoring the surroundings. So the need is to change the attitude of the ‘surroundings’!


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