It is true when they say that “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going”. The disabled people epitomize this perfectly. In a society such as India’s, the disabled people are not always treated in a civilized fashion.
Most of the times, they are shunned by the outside world. And it is only through their grit determination and the support of their near and dear ones that they are able to beat all odds and make a name for themselves.
Let us take a look at a few disabled people in India who did not give up on maintaining a fitness regime:
1. Girish Sharma:
He lost his leg in a train accident when he was just 2 years old. But despite this, he enjoyed all sports cricket, badminton and football with all the normal children of his age. He even rides the bicycle. He also won a gold medal in Cricket at the Paralympic Asia Cup for the Disabled.
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2. Arunima Sinha:
An active volleyball and football player, Arunima was a sports freak even before her accident in 2011. Do you know that she is the first disabled person to conquer the Mount Everest with the help of a prosthetic leg? Her aim to stay fit and trek the mountain was always clear, despite her physical shortcomings.
3. Rajendra Singh Rahelu:
He contracted polio when he was just 8 months old. But this didn’t stop him from becoming a power lifter. He started by lifting weights of 75 kgs and gradually moved on 115 kgs. He trains rigorously. In 2014, he made history by winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.
4. Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla:
Her entire body got paralyzed when she was just one year old. With the help of electric shock therapy for two years, her upper body regained its strength. Despite the physical oddities, she pursued sports and succeeded at it. From javelin throw to discus and shot put, she plays them all and has even participated in various international events such as World Masters’ Games and Paralympics. She is also the proud recipient of the Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.
So the next time we feel sad or frustrated over our unfit body, we should think about these extraordinary personalities. If nothing stopped them from getting in the best of shape, then nothing can stop us from hitting the gym either. If they can achieve whatever they did with whatever they had, then so can we!