NIRANJAN BOUNCES BACK FROM AN INJURY
TO BREAK 15-YEAR-OLD ASIAN RECORD
Niranjan with his spoils after placing 3rd in 50 mtrs butterfly at IDM Berlin.
Swimmer Niranjan Mukundan set an Asian record in the 200m backstroke event at the IDM Berlin Para-Swimming World Series 2018. He clocked 3:16.01 seconds, eclipsing Van Chung’s existing mark of 4:02.49 seconds. Van Chung, a Vietnamese swimmer, had set the record back in 2003 in the S7 category.
Niranjan posing with his team.
Niranjan not only broke a record, he also won a bronze medal in the 50 meters Butterfly. His performances have been honed under the watchful eye of his childhood coach John Christopher, and have benefited from a long-term training stint at the Thanyapura Swimming Centre in Thailand, where he now trains.
Niranjan has undergone as many as 16 surgeries since birth due to his congenital condition, spina bifida. His lower limbs have developed diminished sensation over the years, due to which he has suffered from recurring ulcers on his ankle, caused by friction against surfaces he cannot feel. His support from the foundation is utilised, among other things, to consult dermatologist Dr. Vinayak, who has been managing and treating his injury. Watching Niranjan repeatedly put his injury woes behind him is a true lesson in fortitude with his record-breaking performance in Germany also coming while he was still injured! His medical team assisted him in dressing his wound such that he would not be inhibited by the injury. Needless to say, the champion made best use of the opportunity to go out and make a mark!
The foundation has also assisted him in successfully completing his reclassification and obtaining his new disability category, which pits him against a similar level of competition. He is currently training to qualify for and compete at the Para Asian Games, to be held in Indonesia in October 2018, under the watchful eyes and constant guidance of his entire medical team. GoSports Foundation is delighted to be supporting Niranjan in his goal to achieve sports excellence.
Our athletes who have so far qualified for the 2018 Asian games
With a little more than a month to go for the Asian Games to kick off in Indonesia, our athletes` preparations are showing results. We are excited by the number of our athletes that have qualified for the games already, and await the announcement of the final contingent.
Medal tally in June 2018
DIPA KARMAKAR WINS GOLD AT FIG WORLD CHALLENGE CUP
Dipa Karmakar with her coach – Bishweshwar Nandi
Dipa Karmakar marked her return to competition with a gold medal in the vault event. Her comeback conquest was at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey. With this win, she became the first ever Indian to win a gold at an international event. Following her ACL surgery in April 2017, the foundation has been delighted to support her with access to rehabilitation through her physiotherapist Sajad Mir and Shrikant Iyengar from Prohealth Asia.
All INDIA BADMINTON RANKING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Medalists with their spoils
The All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament was organised in Bangalore and witnessed shuttlers from across the country competing for tooth and nail to emerge victorious. Rituparna Das fought a tough final to claim the silver medal in women’s singles event, while Shlok Ramchandran and Arjun MR emerged deserving winners in the men’s doubles event.
In the Junior Ranking Tournament held in Kochi, Gayatri Pullela won gold in the women’s singles category, with a 23-21, 21-18 scoreline over top-seeded Purva Barve. In the picture with Gayatri and her mother is physiotherapist Abhishek Nayak (extreme left) from Invictus Performance Lab, who was sent to the tournament by the foundation for injury management and recovery assistance during match days.
18th KSS MEMORIAL SHOOTING CHAMPIONSHIP
Deepender, Pooja & Avani with their medals
Indian shooters were on target at the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship held in Delhi which witnessed para shooters Avani Lekhara, Pooja Agarwal and Deepender Singh win medals in their respective categories and events.
ISSF JUNIOR SHOOTING WORLD CUP, SUHL, GERMANY
Gaurav Rana (extreme left) is seen posing alongside his teammates with his medal
A new entrant into the Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Programme, Gaurav Rana has done the country proud by winning medals in his respective categories. He won Gold in the 50M free pistol team event and bronze in the 10M air pistol.
WORLD PARA ATHLETICS GRAND PRIX, TUNISIA
Amit Saroha & Yasser with their medals
The World Para Athletics Grand Prix Tunisia witnessed a comeback by the experienced Amit Saroha as he threw his season`s best 29.42m in the club throw event, while Mohd. Yasser excelled in the shot-put event with a 14.07m throw as they both claimed the gold medal in their events. The foundation was delighted to have worked with Amit on his injury management and rehabilitation, and to have funded the tournament expenses for Yasser. Both medallists made maximum use of the support extended. Good signs, with the Para Asian Games approaching in three months.
HANDISPORT GRAND PRIX, PARIS
Sandeep with his medal
22-year old Sandeep was in prime form at the Paris Handisport Grand Prix where he clinched the silver medal at the javelin throw event with a 56.52m throw. The Delhi lad finished a few metres short of fellow countryman Sundar Singh Gurjar’s 61.32m throw, which brought home the gold medal.
WORLD PARA SWIMMING SERIES, IDM BERLIN
Swapnil Patil with his medal
Swapnil Patil’s timing of 33.07 seconds in the 50m backstroke event won him the bronze medal at the World Para Swimming World Series, IDM Berlin. The 20-year old from Haryana has made steady improvements in his timings, shaving 1.15 seconds over the last three tournaments.
He was experiencing shoulder pain just 2 months before his participation at the IDM. Since then, Swapnil has been undergoing strength and conditioning facilitated by GoSports Foundation at Invictus Performance Lab.
BRITISH PARA POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIP
Manpreet (left) at the medal ceremony of the para powerifting event
Powerlifter Manpreet Kaur won a Silver medal in British Para Powerlifting championship, 2018. She won the medal with a lift of 74kg in the 41kg bodyweight category. Manpreet has been under the tutelage of GoSports Para Champion and 2004 Paralympic bronze medalist Rajinder Rahelu. The foundation was delighted to have funded her tournament expenses.
A NEW CAREER HIGH FOR SATHIYAN
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran in action during UTT League
Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has been on fire since his exploits at the Commonwealth Games, reaching a career best world ranking of 40 in the process. The 25-year old table tennis star has had a prolific run leading his team Dabangg Smashers to victory in the Ultimate Table Tennis League!
Kudos also to our other athlete Manav Thakkar who gave a fantastic account of himself in the league.
NAN-YING INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sacchitt Sharma (right) with his medal
16-year old Sacchitt Sharma continued to impress in junior level tennis as he secured the first place in a grade 2 ITF tournament conducted in Chinese Taipei. He is currently the highest ranked Indian in the ITF Junior ranking and is ranked 90th in the world.
The lanky teenager is being groomed by Somdev Devvarman through assistance from GoSports Foundation, and is reaping rich dividends for his dedicated training.
SUYASH JADHAV WINS “THE YOUTH INSPIRATOR” AWARD
Suyash Jadhav with his award
Our Para-Swimmer Suyash Jadhav was recently conferred with the Young Inspirator award by YIN-Summer-Youth-Summit & Sakaal News Paper. Here is a photo from the awards night.
YIN is a platform for the youth, which aims to promote social, economic and political empowerment of youth through YIN and several outreach projects and programmes.
GoSports Foundation is proud to be assisting Suyash with physiotherapy consultations & a nutrition programme designed by our consultant expert sports nutritionists.
TALK AT WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL FEDERATION SYMPOSIUM
Deepthi Bopaiah at the inaugural symposium
Our executive director, Deepthi Bopaiah, was invited by the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India to speak at their inaugural symposium. The primary purpose of the symposium was to share, discuss, guide, and enlighten State Wheelchair Basketball Associations on effective management in each state by enhancing their knowledge of problems and by providing optimal solutions through the adoption of best practices.
‘Differently abled and not disabled’ – Deepthi busted some of the common myths that society widely holds about para-athletes and emphasised that it does take a whole village to raise an athlete. She went on to quote examples of the success of two-time Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia, badminton world no. 1 Kidambi Srikanth, and India’s first ever Paralympic gold medallist Murlikant Petkar, aimed at outlining the GoSports Foundation objective of bringing professionalism to the Indian sports ecosystem. Speaking from her own experience about the worth of pursuing the right – albeit long – route and the need to collaborate, she firmly insisted on the importance of building a professional model for the betterment of sport at all levels.
Deepthi also spoke to the team at Jaago Re about the importance of early interventions in order to build a sports culture in India and help our athletes in their quest to put India on the global sports map. Read more…