Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda was accorded a warm welcome at the international airport in New Delhi on his arrival from the London Paralympic Games, where he won a silver in the Men's High Jump F42 event.
"I was not expecting this warm welcome as though people are not very much aware of the status of Olympics and Paralympics. I am very happy now and I am very thankful to media for the awareness," Girisha said on his arrival.
The 24-year-old from Karnataka said that his coach, Satyanarayana helped him realise his dream.
"I am participating in all the coaching camps since 2011 with another high jumper Sharath. I left the sports in 2009 but Satyanarayana brought me back and convince me that I can bring the laurels for the country.
"He recognised my talent. He extended all his support and on his advise, I left the contract labour job and now by his efforts, I brought the silver medal for India. I am thankful to PCI, SAI and MYA&S for their extended support," he said.
Girisha, who has an impairment in his left leg, sailed over a height of 1.74m in the final of the event to finish second behind Iliesa Delana of Fiji.