In yet another unprecedented decision, the Union Sports Ministry’s awards committee has selected 11 athletes for Khel Ratna.
Indian para-athletes returned from Tokyo on the back of a sensational campaign that saw them win an unparalleled 19 medals, including five gold, eight silver and six bronze.
Sumit Antil, on Monday, bettered the previous world record of 62.88m, five times to win a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
40-year-old Devendra Jhajharia, already India's greatest Paralympian after winning gold medals in the 2004 and 2016 Games, pulled off a new personal best throw of 64.35m for the silver.
Stalin said, ”I feel happy and proud in congratulating Bhavinaben Patel for her stupendous performance.”
The 34-year-old Patel's impressive run at the Games ended with a 7-11 5-11 6-11 loss to Zhou, a two-time gold medallist, in the women's singles summit clash which lasted 19 minutes.
Bhavina created history by becoming the first Indian to enter the finals of the Paralympic Games table tennis competition.
Sachin Tendulkar has called on the country to wholeheartedly support the Indian athletes taking part in the Tokyo Paralympics.
Jhajaria said he has passed the stage where he feels the pressure of expectations.
The Tokyo Paralympic Games, scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5, will be the first time Eurosport broadcasts a global multi-sport event in India.
He'll attend the Aug. 24 opening ceremony with Raymond Greene, the U.S. official in charge of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo until an ambassador is sworn in.
Organizers and the International Olympic Committee on Thursday banned all fans from Olympic venues in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures because of surging COVID-19 cases.
Mariyappan won India's first gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics since 2004 with victory in the men’s high jump.