First Para-National Games this year under Khelo India Scheme

The inaugural National Para Games, on the lines of National Games for able-bodied athletes, will be held under the Khelo India Scheme in June-July in Bengaluru. The tentative dates for the multi-sport event for para-athletes, to be competed among states, have been put at June 28 to July 7, according to the technical handbook issued by the sports ministry.

The Paralympic Committee of India will be responsible for the technical conduct of the Games while all the funding will be done by the sports ministry under the Khelo India Scheme. The Games will be held for the age group of 16 to 40 (men and women) in 10 disciplines — para athletics, badminton, chess, blind judo, para powerlifting, shooting para sport, para swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing.

There will be 416 medal events (220 for men, 180 for women and 16 mixed) while the total number of participants has been fixed at 2192 (1311 for men, 837 women and 44 for mixed events). It is a momentous decision (by the government) that the first National Para Games will be held this year. It shows that para-athletes have also been treated at par with able bodied athletes.

The first National Para Games represents a national, multi-sport competition for athletes with a physical, visual or intellectual impairment that reflects the highest standards of athletic excellence and diversity in the National Region. Entries of the athletes nominated by the state paralympic association or respective state level para sports federations will be considered for participation.

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