Meet 22-year-old Ankur Dhama, India’s first blind athlete to participate at Rio Paralympics

first_imgDefying all odds in his life, Ankur Dhama is the country’s first blind athlete in 30 years to participate at Paralympics this year in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of six, Ankur became completely blind when he was in Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh.This 22-year-old, an MA student at Delhi University, will take part at middle-distance running at the Paralympics with his partner Vipin Kumar, a student of Nagpur University. What the boy has to say?The boy has a personal best record of 4:17 minutes that he recorded at Sonepat last July.  “If it’s a very slow race, I don’t mind leading. But if it’s only slightly slow, I’ll pick up pace in the last 200 metres,” said Dhama.His partner speaks:His partner Vipin Kumar who hails from a farming family said, “To be a guide, I have to be 10 seconds faster than the runner. I compete independently and with him.”‘It has taken 30 years to get here’Vice-chairman of Indian Blind Sports Association KC Pande said, “It has taken 30 years to get here. We began organising sports meet when sport for the blind meant three-legged and potato-races.”His achievements:The boy took part at the Asian Para Games in 2014 and won two bronzes and a silver. He also qualified for the Paralympics at the Asia-Oceania championships in March this year in Dubai, as per TOI report . Read: Despite IITs, NITs, there is a big deficiency in education quality, says President Read: Need for qualitative improvement in education, says HP Governor advertisementClick here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at

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