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Delhi to host international para event in Feb

India will host the Para Open Games, which will see some top international differently-abled athletes in action here, from  20 to 26 February next year.

Minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot announced that his ministry has allocated Rs 20 crore for the multi-sporting event.

‘Delhi will host Para Games from 20-26 February and it will be held with help of sports ministry and Sports Authority of India and also with other stakeholders,’ Gehlot said here last night at the send-off function for Indian para athletes for the Para Asian Games to be held in Incheon from 18 to 24 October.

Ninety Indian athletes, including the likes of 2012 Paralympic silver medallist H N Girisha and 2004 Athens Paralympics and 2013 IPC World Championships gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia, are taking part in the Para Asian Games.

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal was also present at the send-off function. ‘We expect our para athletes to do well in Incheon and we will also organise a felicitation function after your return with medals just like the ministry did in case of able-bodied athletes,’ Sonowal said.

Paralympic Committee of India president Rajesh Tomar said that the Delhi event will see participation from South Asian countries and from other continents as well.
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