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India sent its largest contingent to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. There are a total of 54. Of which 40 are men and 14 are women. India sent 5 archers to Tokyo. Here is some brief information about them.

1. Harvinder Singh

Harvinder’s ability to move his legs properly was lost when he was one and a half years old due to the negative effects of dengue treatment. He started archery while attending Punjabi University in Patiala, where he observed archers in training and was inspired by para archery at the London Olympics. Harvinder rose to prominence after winning India’s first-ever gold medal in para archery at the 2018 Asian Para Games, its third international competition. In 2019, he was also a bronze medalist at the Asian Para Archery Championships in Bangkok. Harvinder erected a goal on his family farm in his hamlet to continue training during the covid shutdown in 2020.

2. Vivek Chikara

Vivek Chikara had no plans to continue archery until 2017, when he was involved in a horrific car crash that forced medics to amputate his left leg. He began his recovery by playing sports at Gurukul Prabhat Academy in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, and eventually decided to pursue it full time, losing his job in the process. The choice turned out to be successful. Chikara qualified for the Paralympic Games placing ninth at the 2019 World Championships, and she will compete as the Asian Para Archery champion, having won gold in the 2019 event. .

3. Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh Kumar’s life changed permanently in 2009 when the automobile he was driving in crashed into a gorge. He was paralyzed from the waist up due to the impact spinal injury, and was bedridden for six months. Rakesh’s family, who lived in Katra, Jammu, were struggling to cope with their rising medical bills. Rakesh attempted suicide several times because he felt he had become a burden on his family. For a living he was running a roadside business and in 2017 he was approached on the street by an archery teacher who believed Rakesh’s strong arms would make him a good candidate for the para archery and offered to give it a try. Rakesh continued to attend training sessions and decided to play the sport more actively. He was a member of the Indian para archers team which won gold in the team event at the second stage of the European circuit in 2018 and returned the following year with a bronze medal in the par mixed teams at the world ranking tournament. Rakesh is now ranked 11th in the world among para compound archers, and he won gold in the individual category at the world ranking competition in Dubai in February of this year.

4. Shyam Sundar Swami

Swami was born with a defect in his leg in the hamlet of Bholasar in the Bikaner district of Rajasthan, the son of a greengrocer. Swami won the silver medal at the Fazza Para Archery World Championships in February 2021, after competing in the 2018 Asian Para Games and the World Championships in 2017 and 2019.

5. Jyoti Baliyan

Baliyan is the only Indian archer to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Baliyan, from Uttar Pradesh, wanted to be a volleyball player when he was little. Baliyan, however, had to give up this aspiration after contracting polio at the age of ten.

Her father introduced her to archery and she became addicted to it. Baliyan, who trains eight hours a day, struggled with mental health after her father died and said she wanted to win a gold medal at the Paralympics and dedicate it to him.

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