Paralympics star Nishad Kumar takes trip down memory lane

The 21-year-old prodigy from Himachal, who bagged silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 event, said the performance of Indian athletes in the Olympics inspired him to do well
Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Nishad Kumar during a felicitation ceremony at his alma mater, DAV College, in Chandigarh’s Sector 10 on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Tokyo Paralympics silver medallist Nishad Kumar during a felicitation ceremony at his alma mater, DAV College, in Chandigarh’s Sector 10 on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Published on Sep 06, 2021 12:57 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh

India’s silver medallist in Paralympics, Nishad Kumar’s visit to his alma mater DAV College in Chandigarh’s Sector 10 on Sunday was nothing less than a déjà vu for him.

The 21-year-old prodigy from Himachal Pradesh had entered the record books on August 29, when he won the silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 event after clearing 2.09 metres in the Tokyo Paralympics and also set an Asian record.

Addressing the media, he said, “It is a moment of pride that I could win a medal for my country. The performance of Indian athletes in the Olympics inspired me to do well and go for a medal. I hope to win more medals for India in future tournaments.”

His father Rashpal is a mason and mother Pushpa Devi is a homemaker. They live in their ancestral village of Badaun in Amb. Nishad had lost his right hand to a tragic accident at a tender age of eight. He had accidentally put his hand in a fodder-cutting machine. He took up para-athletics in 2009 and went on to claim the bronze medal in the men’s high jump T47 category in the 2019 World Para Athletics. By winning the bronze medal, he qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics.

“Life has thrown challenges, but I have taken them well. I am grateful to the government for assistance in training in different parts of the country. I am young and this was my first Paralympics. I will focus hard on future training and do well,” he added.

It was during his stay in Chandigarh that he trained under athletics coach Naseem Ahmed and Vikram at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula.

Nishad was invited to a function organised at DAV College along with Sarpreet Singh Gill, IAS, education secretary, Chandigarh administration, who is also an alumnus of the college. He was the chief guest on this occasion.

Pawan Sharma, principal, DAV College, congratulated Nishad for his historic achievement. He said it was a matter of great pride for them that five of their alumni participated in the recent Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Neeraj Chopra won gold medal in javelin throw, Gurjant Singh won bronze medal in hockey and Nishad Kumar won silver medal in high jump in Tokyo Paralympics while Anjum Moudgil and Yashaswani Deswal were members of the Indian shooting team in the Olympics.

DAV College teams excel

Maintaining their dominance in sports, DAV College Sector 10, Chandigarh, created a unique record by winning the Overall General Championship of Sports for both men and women for the session 2019-20 by bagging the two most-prestigious trophies of Panjab University for general excellence in sports, Sir Shadi Lal Championship Shield for Men and PL Bains Trophy for Women.

In the boys’ section, the college won 13 championships, 10 runner-up positions and two third positions in different individual and team sports. In the girls’ section, the college won seven championships, seven runner-up positions and three third positions in various sports disciplines.

In all, the college won a record 20 championships, 17 runner-up positions and five third positions in the Panjab University inter-college tournaments for the session 2019-20. This is the best performance of the college in the field of sports.

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