Tokyo Paralympics: Haryana government reward Sumit Antil, Yogesh Kathunia

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Haryana government has announced a reward for the players who brought laurels to the country in Para Olympics. Sumit Antil of village Khewda in Sonipat district has brought laurels to the country by winning gold medal in Javelin Throw in Tokyo Para Olympics and Yogesh Kathunia of Radha Colony of Bahadurgarh won silver medal in Discus Throw. Under the scheme, the state government has announced to give 6 crores to Sumit and 4 crores to Yogesh along with government jobs and other facilities to both. Chief Minister Manohar Lal himself gave this information by tweeting.

Sumit Antil has broken three world records along with winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Para Olympics. On the victory of Sumit, there is an atmosphere of celebration in his village Khevda. Sumit, who lost a leg in a road accident, was in excellent form in the final on Monday. He broke three world records one after the other in the F-64 class. First, he made a world record by throwing a javelin from a distance of 66.95 meters. Then in the second attempt, he improved his own world record with a score of 68.08 meters. The 5th attempt was even better and won the gold medal, setting a new world record of 68.55m.

Each athlete received a total of 6 throws in the F-56 category of discus throw. Yogesh’s first attempt failed, after which he threw 42.84m discus in his second attempt. Yogesh was in second place after two rounds. However, in the third and fourth rounds, Yogesh failed to score any points and slipped to the third position. In the fifth round, he returned to the silver medal position with a discus throw of 43.55 meters. In the final round, Yogesh once again performed brilliantly and threw the discus for a distance of 44.38 meters and won the silver medal.

Born on June 7, 1998, Sumit Antil’s journey to the Paralympics has been full of challenges. Sumit is the youngest and only son in the family. Apart from mother in the family, there are three elder sisters Renu, Sushila and Kiran. Sumit was 7 years old when his father Ramkumar, who was posted in the Air Force, died due to illness. His mother Nirmala brought up the four children while battling difficult situations. On 5 January 2015, a tractor-trolley rammed Sumit’s bike while returning from commerce tuition in class 12th. Sumit lost his one leg in the accident. Sumit spent several months in the hospital. In 2016, he was given a fake leg in Pune. Mother Nirmala Devi says that despite the accident, Sumit’s face never got disappointed and neither did his spirit break. Slowly Sumit started taking interest in sports. Whenever tears came to his eyes after the accident with his son, Sumit would wipe his eyes and promise that one day he would illuminate his name. Asian silver medalist coach Virendra Dhankhar guided and escorted Sumit from Sai Center to Delhi. In Delhi, Dronacharya was introduced to awardee coach Naval Singh and there he learned the tricks of javelin throw. Sumit fulfilled his promise by working hard and also brought laurels to the country along with the Gold Jeet family.

Yogesh Kathunia, who won the silver medal in Tokyo Paralympics, has an atmosphere of happiness at his house in Radha Colony of Bahadurgarh. Before leaving for Tokyo, Yogesh had promised his father (retired Captain Gyanchand) and mother Meena Devi to bring the medal and they fulfilled their promise. Yogesh had paralysis in the year 2006. Yogesh has two elder sisters. At the time when he had paralysis, he was only 9 years old. With his entry in college in 2017, friends encouraged him and made him aware about para sports. After this Yogesh started taking part in sports and made discus throw a part of his life and achieved many milestones one after the other. Yogesh’s grandfather Hukam Chand was a Subedar in the army. Yogesh has not come home due to practice for the last one and a half years. Now when he returns home he will be given a warm welcome.


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