Sharad Kumar credits ‘Bhagavad Gita’ after a success bronze medal at Tokyo Paralympics

Tokyo: Sharad Kumar became on the verge of pulling out from Paralympics T63 excessive jump final due to a knee dispute but dialling his family aid in India and reading Bhagavad Gita a evening before the match helped him overcome the apprehension for a bronze-a success effort.

The 29-year-faded Patna-born athlete, who jumped to 1.83m to snatch the bronze, suffered meniscus dislocation (a form of knee damage) on Monday and wept all around the evening. “I felt sizable to contain won a bronze due to I had an damage on my leg (sustained all over practicing on Monday), my meniscus dislocated final evening. I the cried entire evening and thought of pulling out of the match,” Kumar said after the match. 

Stunning as at Rio 2016, #IND contain  athletes in the podium locations in Men’s High Leap T63 Closing! 

Mariyappan Thangavelu and Sharad Kumar contain won #silver and #bronze medals respectively, taking ‘s medal tally into double figures! #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics #ParaAthletics

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“I spoke to my family aid dwelling (final evening) and my father requested me to read Bhagavad Gita and focal point on what I will enact and now no longer on what I make now no longer contain any preserve watch over over,” said the athlete who suffered paralysis of his left leg after being administered a counterfeit polio drug all over a local eradication campaign at the age of two. “So, I put the damage apart but every jump I took became a war. The medal is the icing on the cake,” said Kumar who’s a Masters level holder in Global Relations from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru College.   

He’s a fabricated from Delhi’s In style School and Kirorimal College and his brother and sister are living in the nationwide capital. Kumar, a double Asian Para Video games (2014 and 2018) excessive jump champion and world silver medallist (2019), said it became a worldly grief for him all around the match as he became jumping as successfully as searching to supply protection to his knee. 

The #Paralympics and sports activities contain a diverse space in High Leap T63 #Bronze Medallist, Sharad Kumar’s heart. #Tokyo2020 @sharad_kumar01


— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 31, 2021

“I became doing two responsibilities, jumping as successfully as attempting now no longer to destabilise my knee. And that too amid pouring rain.”

Requested how subtle it became to compete in the rain, Kumar said, “Competing in excessive jump in these prerequisites is terribly subtle for us. “We contain one leg to stability ourselves and we wear spikes on the choice (leg). I tried to talk to the officials announcing that shall we contain to call it off. Nonetheless the American guys had spikes for every the legs, that did now no longer add to our toughen and the competition went on.”

Kumar took up excessive jump when he became at college 7 at the St Paul’s School in Darjeeling. He said a pair of of his lecturers were towards him taking over the sport. “There were a form of lecturers who didn’t determine on me soak up to sport and urged me that I contain a damaged leg and the choice leg will also be damaged. Nonetheless my brother (who became with him at the college) said he will procure all the responsibility and I will enact the excessive jump. That is the place I started doing excessive jump.”

Kumar, also a Sports activities Authority of India coach, had trained for three years in Ukraine from 2017 to organize for the Paralympics.

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