Final month, India’s taekwondo para athlete Aruna Tanwar, had anxious moments for some days. She was unsure whether or not she and different para taekwondo athletes from India would be capable of participate on this planet and Asian qualifiers in Jordon or not as a way to qualify for the Paralympics 2021 to be held in Tokyo.
She was dissatisfied when the Indian athletes missed the qualifiers in Jordan attributable to a journey ban. With that her dream of representing India at Paralympics 2021 crashed. And when on June 9, Aruna got here to know that she was among the many many eight athletes from eight nations, who’ve been supplied the bipartite quotas for Tokyo by IOC and World Taekwondo, the 21-year-old was thrilled.
“I used to be so upsetting to lose out on an opportunity in Jordan. It is sort of a dream come true now with Taekwondo World giving a go forward to me for Paralympics 2021,” stated Aruna, 21, the 2019 World Para Taekwondo Championship bronze medal winner. The Tokyo Paralympics might be held from August 24 to September 5.
Aruna, a scholar of BPEd at Chandigarh College, Mohali, is the present World No. 4 within the ladies’s U-49 class. A 5 time nationwide champion, she has completed on the rostrum within the final 4 years at each Asian Para Taekwondo Championships and World Para Taekwondo Championships.
Aruna grew up in Dinod village close to Bhiwani in Haryana, taking eager curiosity in athletics and martial arts regardless of deformity in each palms. Daughter of a manufacturing unit driver and part-time farmer Naresh Kumar, Tanwar, was awestruck when boxer Paramjeet Samota from her village obtained a rousing welcome after profitable a gold in 2010 Commonwealth Video games 11 years in the past.
“He has been an inspiration. The way in which he was welcomed that day made me work on turning into an athlete. We weren’t well-placed financially however my dad and mom made certain I chased my goals and made them proud. My father has slogged arduous to offer me this life,” stated Tanwar, who would be the first paralympic participant from India to compete in Tokyo. She simply has three fingers every in each her palms and the dimensions of her arms is small.
“It was heart-breaking to see such athletes’ goals getting shattered because of the pandemic. So, we requested World Taekwondo physique and had been elated to see Aruna getting a wild card entry,” stated Sukhdev Raj, coach and basic secretary Para Taekwondo Affiliation of India.
In complete, eight athletes from eight international locations had been provided bipartite invites for the Tokyo occasion. World
Total 72 athletes from 37 nations will compete as Para Taekwondo makes its Paralympic debut this summer season in Tokyo and India could have Aruna combating arduous for a medal.