I don’t want to put pressure on myself thinking about winning gold at the 2024 Paralympic Games: Bhavina Patel

Tokyo Paralympic Games silver medalist Bhavina Patel, who made history in August by becoming the first Indian female Paralympic table tennis player to win a Paralympic medal (ladies’ class 4 table tennis event), was recently in Vadodara to attend a congratulatory event. Excerpts from a conversation with Bhavina, who received a custom SUV at the event:

“Winning the Arjuna Prize was a great honor”

Like any other athlete, winning the Arjuna Award was one of my biggest dreams. So when I won the award recently it was one of the proudest moments of my career and it will definitely motivate me to do even better in the future.

“2021 has been a great year, but I don’t want to look back”

In terms of achievements and awards, 2021 has certainly been a great year. Main lekin peeche mud ke dekhna chahti bhi hoon, aur nahi bhi chahti hoon! I had to struggle a lot before I could win the Paralympic medal for India and I hope that no other Paralympic athlete will have to go through such trials in the future. I will also never forget the position and the circumstances from which I got to where I am today. I will never forget my roots, principal hawa mein udna nahi chahti hoon! There is a lot more that I want to accomplish for India.

“We need more academies for para-athletes in Gujarat”

The central government and our state government have tried to do a lot to promote para-sport sports, but there is still a lot to do. We need more academies in Gujarat for para athletes and even in regular academies I think there should be a quota for para athletes so they can go and train there.

“I’m just going to focus on giving my 100 percent to the 2024 Paralympic Games”

While I know people expect me to go for gold at the 2024 Paralympic Games, I don’t want to put pressure on myself thinking about the color of the medal all the time. Principal agar woh pressure lungi, toh principal kabhi gold nahi jeet paaungi. I’m just going to focus on giving 100% to the event and that’s the best way to meet expectations. In addition, I will work twice as much for the 2024 Paralympic Games. 2022 is also going to be a very important year for me and I want to achieve a hat-trick of international titles next year – the Asian Para Games, the Commonwealth Games and the World Championships. Para table tennis world.

Bhavina during his visit to Vadodara:

Long before I became a household name, I had been invited by MS Baroda University as the main guest of an event and have always loved this city. Jab bhi yahan pe aati hoon, ek apnapan mehsus hota hai. All these congratulatory events make me really happy because it shows that there is a growing awareness of para sports in India. Things are surely changing for the better and with the kind of recognition that para-athletes get, it will lead to a change in the mindset of society. Any kind of encouragement can play a big role in motivating future generations of para-athletes.

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