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President, PM lead country in congratulating Bhavina Patel for Paralympic silver

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Aug 29, 2021, 11:12 am IST
Updated Aug 29, 2021, 11:12 am IST
Patel on Sunday became only the second Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics
Indian para-paddler Bhavina Patel. (Photo: Twitter/Rahul Gandhi)
 Indian para-paddler Bhavina Patel. (Photo: Twitter/Rahul Gandhi)

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the country in congratulating paddler Bhavinaben Patel for winning a historic silver medal, India's first, in the ongoing Paralympic Games in Tokyo on Sunday.

Patel on Sunday became only the second Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics after she signed off with a historic silver following a 0-3 loss to world number one Chinese paddler Ying Zhou in the women's singles table tennis class 4 final.

President Kovind called Bhavina an inspiration while Prime Minister Modi said Patel's feat is a motivation for youngsters.

The 34-year-old Patel's impressive run at the Games ended with a fighting 7-11 5-11 6-11 loss to Zhou, a two-time gold medallist, in the women's singles summit clash which lasted 19 minutes.

With this medal, Indian team opened its account at the Games.

 

Patel hails from Sundhiya village in Vadnagar, Mehsana in Gujarat and Modi told her that he's been to Sundhiya often and enquired if her family is still there.

Bhavina told him that her Parents are still there.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also took to the social networking site to wish Patel on her success.

India's first individual gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra also saluted Patel's "mental resilence".

Deepa Malik, who is the current president of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), was the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympic Games when she had claimed a silver in shotput at Rio five years back.

Congratulating Patel for her medal, Malik said:

Former cricketers Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble also congratulated the wheelerchair paddler for her historic medal.

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Location: Japan, Tokyo-to, Tokyo




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