Powerlifters Jaideep Kumar and Sakina Khatun on Wednesday qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics after the sports world governing body handed bipartite quotas to the country.
World Para Powerlifting conferred a bipartite quota each to Kumar (mens 65 kg) and Khatun (womens 50kg), Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) said.
Khatun had won a bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and a silver in the 2018 Asian Para Games.
The bipartite slots came as a relief to India after the countrys para powerlifting team couldnt participate at last months Fazza -Dubai 2021 World Cup owing to travel restrictions to the United Arab Emirates.
Its a dream come true to qualify for the Paralympics. I have been working hard for the last two years. Now that the qualification has come, I will give my best to win a medal at the Games, said Khatun, who became Indias first female powerlifter to qualify for the Paralympics.
Rohtak based Jaideep said: After we had missed the final qualification event at Dubai, there was a lot of uncertainty about my qualification. “The bipartite slots have given us a lot of hope and motivation to work towards our goal. I will definitely fight for a medal at the Games. The Tokyo Paralympics will run from August 24 to September 5.
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