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Devendra Jhajharia gets a hero’s welcome: ‘My medal is a source of vitality’ | Tokyo Paralympics News – Times of India


JAIPUR: Since the day Devendra Jhajharia grew to become the one Indian to have received three medals in consecutive outings on the Paralympics, he has been on his toes attending limitless calls and capabilities. If at one finish he is exhausted, on the opposite he is savouring the moments he had labored for intensively prior to now so a few years.
“I have not rested properly, but my medal is a source of energy for me. I look at it once and it re-energises me,” stated the javelin thrower, who arrived in Jaipur to a rousing welcome on Saturday.
Jhajharia received the silver at Tokyo Paralympics within the javelin throw F46 occasion and accomplished the treble of medals. In the earlier two Paralympics, he had received gold in Athens 2004 and Rio 2016.
Recalling the sequence of occasions in Tokyo, the 40-12 months-previous athlete stated that after the primary two throws, 60.28 metres and 60.62 metres, his coach Sunil Tanwar pumped him up saying ‘medal chaahiye, itna tez throw kar phir bhaley haath nikal jaaye’ (We need a medal. Even if it comes on the expense of hurting your hand, throw the spear with most power and do it).
“My warm-up throw was 62 metres. But, when the event starts things change. After the first two throws a lot of things were going in my head, but I did not lose my confidence and did not get disturbed. And my coach told me to put in the maximum effort, even if your hand has to be sacrificed in the process let it be, but you have to win the medal. Josh aa gaya tha coach ki baat sunkey (coach’s words gave me a lot of energy and focus),” stated the para athlete from Churu district.
Jhajharia’s greatest throw of 64.35 metres that earned him the silver, got here within the third try.
Jhajharia believes that India’s sporting tradition has modified, and now the main target must be on getting our identify within the high 20 nations within the medal depend on the flagship sporting occasion.
“Now we have the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) scheme in place, athletes can have an access to their choice of coach, physiotherapist, trainer, and can also go to foreign countries for training. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the athletes before, during and after the tournament is a big thing, and his involvement, I will say, shows the kind of sports culture we have built. The sporting landscape in our country has changed massively. Now in the coming years, the aim should be to ensure we are among the top 20 countries in the medal tally.”
The para javelin thrower feels that it is the state governments which additionally must step up and create infrastructure that may assist para athletes. “All the state governments need to make a lot of effort. First thing is working on the infrastructure where the training facilities cater to the needs of a para athlete. You won’t find any facilities for them anywhere and state governments are not investing in it. At most stadiums and sports centres there is no wheelchair accessibility, this shows what exactly is the situation,” he remarked.
Though his cupboard is glittering with all of the doable medals an athlete needs for, the veteran is in no temper to name it quits anytime quickly. “Till the day I have enough strength in my hand, I will play. Age is just a number and the hat-trick of medals at the highest level is a testimony to that,” Jhajharia concluded.



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