PM Wishes India’s Contingent For Rio Paralympics, But Only After An Athlete Pointed It Out

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2:47 pm 1 Sep, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 1 wished Indian para-athletes for the upcoming Para-Olympics Games, two days after Arjuna awardee Deepa Malik complained about government’s apathy.


Malik on August 30 had said that PM Modi had failed to wish any Para-Olympian, and not even addressed them in his monthly radio programme, ‘Mann Ki Baat’.


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Para-Olympian Deepa Malik. Tribune India

Narendra Modi in his Tweets said that people of India would be enthusiastically cheering for the para-athletes, though according to Deepa, so far even the Sports Minister has failed to meet them.


Deepa, who is 46 years old holds 58 state and national level honours in her name.


She would be representing India at Rio Paralympics in the coming weeks and till date has won India 17 international awards.

She in past has broken two Asian world records in Javelin throw and has even had her name registered in Limca Book of Records.


India in London Paralympics (2012) had won 1 silver medal and would be sending 17 athletes to Rio, for Paralympics 2016.


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