Indian para-cyclists win one silver, two bronze at Asian Championships

Naypyidaw (Myanmar), February 9 - The India team underlined their supremacy in the Asian Para-Cycling Championships by posting three podium finishes, here at the Wunna Theikdi Sport Stadium here in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on Friday.

Last yearsilver medalist and Bangalore resident Divij Shah,led India’s charge in thepara-cycling category winning yet another silver medal, while BSF soldier andresident of Punjab, Harinder Singh bagged the bronze. Harinder had won a bronzemedal in last year’s edition as well.New entrant Madhu Bagri, meanwhile won the bronze in the hand-cycling, acategory where India made a maiden participation and Bagri become the firstPara Cyclist to win an international  medal in Hand Cycling. She is aformer national wheelchair nationa tennis champion and shifted her focusrecently to para-cycling after coach Aditya Mehta encouraged her to switchsports and try hand in hand cycling in mid 2017.“It is a matter of immense pride for me and the whole contingent to have onceagain made the country proud at the continental championship. The rich haul ofmedal here in Myanmar not only shows our zeal to become a power-house in thefield of para-cycling but allows us to show our mettle to the world,” DivijShah, who had started off as an armature cyclists to beat the Bangalore trafficsaid after the podium ceremony.Aditya Mehta and the AMF Foundation has been the tirelessly working with theseathletes and was delighted at their feat and felt that it will only make theathletes more focused and drive them to achieve greater heights.“I would like to congratulate all the winners. Their achievement once againproves that India is fast becoming a force to reckon  in para-cycling. Webelieve that we are poised for much better things in the future,” Aditya Mehtasaid from Myanmar.Aditya has been the guiding light for these athletes as  Aditya MehtaFoundation (AMF) had been working to train and support Para Sports in Indiawith able support under the aegis of Cycling Federation of India (CFI) as theyhave been working to promote Para Cycling here in India.

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