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Coming soon, a guidebook for para athletes


Vinayak Padmadeo

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 14

A guidebook dealing with the special needs of para athletes is in the works. The idea of a guidebook came up during the recent interaction between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian Paralympians, including coaches, and it is already bearing fruit.

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has written a letter to coaches Satyanarayana, J.P. Nautiyal, Gaurav Khanna and Dr. Satyapal Singh — who were all part of the Tokyo Paralympics contingent — to send their inputs by September 20.

“The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi has suggested the formulation of a guide book by the coaches dealing with Para athletes. The book should cover all aspects of coaching and training of Divyaang Jan into para athletes including physical, mental and emotional metrics,” SAI SDO Harish Babu said in a letter to the coaches, adding that “the matter may be accorded top priority”

Athletics coach Dr Singh, a Dronacharya Award-winner, talked about the wellness of para athletes during the interaction with Modi last Thursday. “This was the need of the day. We talked about this very issue when we met last week,” Dr Singh said. “All the coaches who have been training para athletes know that they have special needs. Those experiences and knowledge will form part of my submission.”

Para badminton coach Gaurav Khanna added that the guidebook will be a great go-to document for new coaches. “When I did my NIS diploma I was only taught about the needs of able-bodied athletes. This guidebook will be a big help to new coaches,” Khanna explained.

“The rules in para sports are different, and there are several classifications in para sports, like the extent of amputations could be above or below knees,” Khanna added. “There are a lot of things that a coach needs to take care of while imparting training to these athletes. I am glad that I was asked to contribute to this document.”

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