Tokyo Paralympics: Indian discus thrower Vinod Kumar has been reclassified in the T/F52 category rasing hope of a medal in the said category for the country at the Tokyo Paralympics.
Tokyo Paralympics: However, Indian javelin thrower Tek Chand has been classified in the T/F55 category, though at the previous classification he had been classified in the T/F54 category. Satyanarayana, the chairperson of Indian Para Athletics, was happy that Vinod Kumar’s classification was as per expectation.
“Vinod Kumar’s re-classification in his own category is a great news. India’s chances of winning a medal in this category are bright and any change here would have been a big blow to Vinod Kumar and the Indian contingent,” said Satyanarayana in a statement.
“Tek Chand on other hand has been classified in one category above and hence his competition will be that much tougher, but we are sure that he will give his best,” he added.
In Tunisia, Tek Chand was classified in the T/F54 category.
In athletics, the sport class consists of the prefix “T” or “F” and a number. The prefix T stands for “track”, marathon and jumping events, and F stands for “field.” It indicates for which events the sport class applies, either for track/jump/marathon or for field events.
Classes are divided in terms of type (indicated by the first digit) and level of impairment. In general, the lower the second digit, the higher the level of impairment.
T/F51, T/F52, T/F53, T/F54, T/F55, T/F56, and T/F57 are for athletes with impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference, with athletes competing in seated position for example with cervical cord injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, functional disorder.
The Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5. Thangavelu Mariyappan, Rio 2016 Gold Medal winner, will be the flag bearer of India.