Devendra Jhajharia is the new President of the Paralympic Committee of India

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Devendra Jhajharia

Devendra Jhajharia, one of the most celebrated Indian Paralympians, has been elected as the new president of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI). This appointment marks a significant milestone in the history of the Indian Para Sports arena.

Devendra Jhajharia’s legacy in Indian Para Sports

Jhajharia’s illustrious career spans over two decades, during which he brought glory to the nation with his exceptional javelin throws. He won two gold medals for India at the Paralympics, bagging his first gold in Athens in 2004 and the second one in Rio in 201. He also claimed a silver medal in the Tokyo Paralympics.

His decision to retire came on a day when the sports ministry decided to lift PCI’s suspension. The ministry had called the delay “wilful and intentional” before derecognising the PCI on February 2. PCI was scheduled to announce its election results on March 9.

Jhajharia’s decision to contest PCI’s elections had raised eyebrows as he was an active athlete and part of the government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) till January this year. He hadn’t announced his retirement from the sport before contesting the elections and had expressed his desire to represent the country at the Paris Paralympics 2024.

Jhajharia’s appointment comes a few days after the news that he will be contesting on a BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) ticket in the Lok Sabha elections from his hometown Churu (Rajasthan). His journey from a celebrated Paralympian to the president of PCI and a political figure is truly inspiring.

As the new president of PCI, Jhajharia is expected to bring his vast experience and knowledge to the table. His leadership will undoubtedly play a crucial role in shaping the future of Paralympic sports in India.

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