The lonely heroism of the para athlete


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Till 2011, Saheb Hussain had been racing against what he calls “normal” athletes. He is 75% blind in both eyes since birth, but the concept of sports for the differently abled hadn’t trickled down to his small town of Halisahar in West Bengal. In 2011, he participated in his first trials for the National Para Athletics Championships. In 2012, having made the cut for his maiden National Para Athletics Championships, he won the gold in 200m and silver in 400m and 800m. He said he was felicitated by the state government and given a cash reward of Rs20,000.
“That was the first and last time I got any support from them,” says Hussain, 25. “Since then, I have won gold in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (National Para Athletics Championship). I get a medal and a certificate of participation at the national games, that’s it.”

Source : http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/cuaC6NNap3vtGeEzh1VrSL/The-lonely-heroism-of-the-para-athlete.html

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