Tokyo: Shooter Avani Lekhara would be the flag bearer of nation’s contingent through the closing ceremony of the Tokyo Paralympics on Sunday. The 19-year-old trailblazer Lekhara had gained a gold in R-2 ladies’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 occasion on Monday earlier than claiming the 50m Rifle 3 Place SH1 bronze on Friday.
“Avani would be the flag bearer and there will likely be 11 members from the Indian contingent through the closing ceremony,” an official of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) stated.
Lekhara, who was paralysed beneath the waist after a automobile accident in 2012, is simply the Indian to win a number of medals in a single version of the Video games. Earlier than Lekhara, Joginder Singh Sodhi whad gained a silver and two bronze medals within the 1984 Paralympics.
One other shooter Singhraj Adana joined the unique membership on Saturday when he added a silver in P4 Combined 50m Pistol SH1 occasion to the bronze within the P1 males’s 10m air pistol SH1 occasion he gained on Tuesday.
Shot-putter Tek Chand was India’s flag-bearer for the Paralympics opening ceremony on August 24 after he changed excessive jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu within the final minute.
Mariyappan, who gained a silver on the occasion, was quarantined together with 5 different Indians after coming in shut contact of a COVID optimistic particular person throughout his flight to Tokyo.