In the 2020 Paralympics, the Indian contingent managed to win 19 medals including five gold while in the Olympics, India won seven medals with the country’s first gold coming at track and field through javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.
“Thankyou to the people of Japan Flag of Japan for being such a gracious and wonderful host. #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics Games are both historic and memorable for our athletes and every Indian,” tweeted Thakur.
Thankyou to the people of Japan 🇯🇵 for being such a gracious and wonderful host. 🙏🏼#Tokyo2020 #Paralympics Games… https://t.co/HS3YGtQfib
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 1630841211000
In another tweet, Thakur said: “I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge & appreciate the sheer sacrifice of the families of our athletes, guidance of coaches and dedication of the support staff along w/ support provided by various stakeholders including the Govt – everyone has contributed in their own way.”
I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge & appreciate the sheer sacrifice of the families of our athletes,guidance… https://t.co/nTpzkPNpHw
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 1630840896000
The Indian contingent finished their campaign at the Tokyo Paralympic Games 2020 at an all-time high by securing a total of 19 medals which includes 5 gold, 8 silver, and 6 bronze medals.
India sent its biggest ever contingent of 54 para-athletes across as many as 9 sporting disciplines at the Games. Badminton and Taekwondo made their debut in Tokyo, both of which were represented by India.
Since making its first appearance at the Paralympics in 1968, India had won 12 medals in total till the 2016 Rio edition. The country has now massively improved upon that entire number by 7 medals at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 alone.
Out of a total of 162 nations, India have finished 24th in the overall medal tally, while its accomplishment of 19 medals is ranked 20th based on the number of medals.