New Delhi, August 23 (IANS) The third and final part of the 54-member Indian contingent for the Paralympics in Tokyo traveled to Japan on Monday. The group included 17 athletes, including 10 shooters and five archers.
Javelin thrower Ranjeet Bhati and swimmer Suyash Jadhav, along with 11 coaches and supporters, were part of the group.
The athletes who left Tokyo on Monday are – Ranjeet Bhati (athletics), Jyoti Balyan (archery), Rakesh Kumar (archery), Shyam Sundar Swamy (archery), Swaroop Unhalkar (shooting), Deepender (shooting), Rubina Francis ( shooting)), Harvinder Singh (archery), Vivek Chikara (archery), Suyash Jadhav (swimming), Rahul Jakhar (shooting), Manish Narwal (shooting), Singhraj (shooting), Sidhartha Babu (shooting), Akash (shooting), Avani Lekhara (shooting) and Deepak (shooting)
Before leaving Tokyo, the contingent received a hot mail from members of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport with Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) President Deepa Mallik wishing them a safe journey via a video call from Tokyo .
Earlier this month, the Indian contingent also interacted with the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conference, where he had praised the paratletons for their hard work and wished them good luck with Tokyo 2020.
India is sending its biggest contingent ever to the Paralympics in Tokyo with 54 athletes competing in nine sports.