Looking at how well our Indian Para-Athletes have performed in Rio Olympics 2016, stories about governments showering accolades on them have been common news these days.
One such athlete is Kaushlendra Singh, who in 1981 won India three gold medals at the first International Abilympics in Tokyo and then a silver and a bronze medal at the 1982 Far East & South Pacific Games, Hong Kong.
Kaushlendra Singh. Time of India
Singh, who is paralysed below the waist, won the Abilympics gold medals when it still held sports contests for the disabled and not just craft related competitions like it does today.
He is forced to depend on his younger brother for his day to day needs and despite making numerous appeals for help, the state government has not taken his appeal up.
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The politicians have made many false promises to him and used his name for publicity. But despite all that, they have later forgotten about him.
“The country craves medals and if given a chance I can help young athletes in their quest for glory. But who will give me a chance, despite having proven myself at international level?” – Kaushlendra Singh