India’s first-ever girl Paralympic medallist, shot-putter Deepa Malik believes the rustic’s medal count will be in double digits at the Tokyo Games subsequent 12 months.
“At Rio we had doubled the medals, we were a squad of 19. We had two gold, a silver and a bronze. In 2018 (Asian Para Games), we were a squad of 194 and won 72 medals. It has already set the benchmark,” Malik advised paddler Mudit Dani all over his chat display, ‘In The Sportlight’.
“The sensational thing about Tokyo next year will be India bagging Paralympics medals in double digits,” added the 49-year-old, who had claimed a silver at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Malik, who additionally has a silver medal from the IPC World Championships, hasn’t ever let her incapacity come in the best way of her pastime.
She had taken inspiration from the injured infantrymen of the Kargil battle when, in 1999, she used to be advised that she would want a surgical operation to take away a spinal tumour.
“The hospital to which I was taken for my surgery was full of war casualties. I think that immediately became my inspiration. If these healthy young men were losing a limb in their line of duty, then I have no reason to crib just because I have a disease,” she recounted.
Malik had received the silver in Rio after throwing the shot put at a distance of four.61m.
She used to be lately elected because the president of the Paralympic Committee of India.