Kolkata: India’s first ever woman athlete to win a medal at the Paralympics, Deepa Malik eyes a podium finish at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. The Haryana born lady bagged a silver medal in shot-put at the 2016 Paralympics Games at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
A working member of the committee chosen to formulate 12th five- year plan (2012–2017) on Sports and Physical Education, nominated by the Planning Commission HRD Division on behalf of the Sports Ministry, Deepa has time and again brought numerous accolades to the country. A gold in Javelin throw and a silver in shot-put at the IPC Oceania Asian Championship in 2016, being the most recent one.
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“I was chosen in the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme. Now it is my duty to take training. I am doing that. I am hopeful of bringing a big medal to the country again (in the 2018 Asian Games,” said Malik at the felicitation programme organised by the Madhya Pradesh government.
The 47-year-old who holds the Asian record in Javelin (F-53 category) and national records in all three throws (Discus, Javelin and Shot-put) asked for more prayar and support as she continues to battle against all odds to keep the tri-colour national flag high.
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“I need your all prayer… my health should be ok. I am a case of tumour. I suffer from repetitive tumour. It is my duty to work hard and stay healthy,” she concluded.