Asian Para-Cycling Championships: India win one silver, two bronze
Divij Shah, Harinder Singh and Madhu Bagri won medals for India at the Asian Para-Cycling Championships.other sports Updated: Feb 09, 2018 20:17 IST
The Indian team underlined its supremacy at the Asian Para-Cycling Championships by posting three podium finishes, at the Wunna Theikdi Sport Stadium in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on Friday.
Last year’s silver medallist and Bangalore resident Divij Shah led India’s charge in the para-cycling category, winning yet another silver medal, while BSF soldier Harinder Singh won bronze. Harinder had won a bronze medal in the last year’s edition as well.
New entrant Madhu Bagri, meanwhile, won bronze in hand-cycling, a category where India made a maiden participation and Bagri became the first Para-Cyclist to win an international medal in Hand Cycling. She is a former national wheelchair national tennis champion and had shifted her focus recently to para-cycling after coach Aditya Mehta encouraged her to try cycling in mid 2017.
“It is a matter of immense pride for me and the whole contingent to have once again made the country proud at the continental championship. The rich haul of medal here in Myanmar not only shows our zeal to become a power-house in the field of para-cycling but allows us to show our mettle to the world,” Divij Shah, who had started off as an armature cyclists to beat the Bangalore traffic said after the podium ceremony.
Aditya Mehta has been tirelessly working with these athletes and was delighted with their success and felt that it will only make the athletes more focused and drive them to achieve more in their life.
“I would like to congratulate all the winners. Their achievement once again proves that India is fast becoming a force to reckon in para-cycling. We believe that we are poised for much better things in the future,” Aditya Mehta said.
Aditya has been the guiding light for these athletes as Aditya Mehta Foundation (AMF) has been working to train and support Para Sports in India with able support under the aegis of Cycling Federation of India (CFI), as they have been working to promote Para-Cycling here in India.