Paralympics 2020: Sachin Tendulkar wishes Indian athletes, Games to begin in Tokyo tomorrow – Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar wished India’s Paralympics contingent as the Tokyo Paralympics starts on August 24th. India has sent its biggest ever contingent (54 athletes) for Tokyo Paralympics. Originally scheduled to take place between 25 August and 6 September 2020, both the Olympics and Paralympics were postponed to 2021 in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be held behind closed doors with no public spectators permitted due to a state of emergency in the Tokyo region.
Sachin took to Twitter to wish Indian athletes saying, “The #Paralympics games start tomorrow & my best wishes are with the entire contingent. These women & men are athletes with extraordinary ability. They’ve overcome physical limitations through their passion, grit & commitment, and serve as an inspiration for us all. Go India!”
The 2020 Tokyo Paralympics will see India send their biggest contingent ever for the quadrennial event, with 54 Indian athletes set to compete across nine disciplines.
Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Manpreet Singh cited the athletes as an inspiration for the Indian society.
The #Paralympics games start tomorrow & my best wishes are with the entire 🇮🇳 contingent.
These women & men are athletes with extraordinary ability. They’ve overcome physical limitations through their passion, grit & commitment, and serve as an inspiration for us all.
Go India! pic.twitter.com/qE7GPgC00D
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 23, 2021
India has won 12 medals in total in Paralympics since it first took part in 1972 and if the projected success materialises, the country could be among the top 25 in the medal tally this time, as against 43rd in 2016 with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze.
Hockey team captains Rani, Manpreet send best wishes to Indian contingent
Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, the women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal and men’s skipper Manpreet Singh on Monday sent their best wishes to the Indian contingent for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, which will be underway from August 24.
In her message for the Indian contingent, Rani said, “It is now time for the Tokyo Paralympics to begin, and I would like to send best wishes on behalf of Indian Hockey to each and every athlete who is getting ready to represent the nation in this prestigious event.”
“These athletes are nothing short of real life heroes, who have the power to motivate and inspire a large section of people in our country. I hope that every member in the Indian contingent can perform to the best of their ability and have a memorable experience in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics,” she added.
— Suyash Jadhav OLY (@SuyashNJadhav) August 21, 2021
“There is so much that a person can learn from the extraordinary journey of our para-athletes. Each and every athlete in the Indian contingent is a shining example of what a person can achieve with determination, grit, resilience, and hard work,” said Manpreet.
“On behalf of the whole team, I wish the Indian Paralympic contingent all the best for the Tokyo Paralympics, and hope that the whole country will get behind them to show their support for the all the athletes,” he added.