Indian Paralympic javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia is the first para-athlete to be recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award on Saturday by the committee. After his name was announced by the committee, Devendra stated, “This would definately motivate other para athletes to dream big.”
“I am really happy to be suggested for this award and I am confident that the other athletes would take motivation from this and showcase their best and desire for big,” Jhajaria stated.
He even talked to media before the ‘Kranti Daud’ event, host by NGO Aapan Sare.
Jhajaria expressed gratitude to his mother who assisted him at every moment, involving motivating him to engage in sports in spite of a misfortune when he was only eight years old.
“The country aspires for gold in Olympics and I am fortunate and blessed to receive two gold in the games,” the para athlete from Rajasthan said.
Jhajaria asserted that the Maharashtra government should improve the amenities for all the paralympians.
“They can give better services for the sportsmen.” he added .
Matching with other countries the amenities in India were not up to the mark,” he affirmed.
Jhajaria spoke out that youths at the school and college level should be well-informed about the bad effects of doping.
He asserted that he must have receive this award 12 years back when he made the initial record.
Balkrishna Purnekar, President of the NGO affirmed, about 12,000 candidates are expected to take part in the programmes in eight groups and the entire cash reward is Rs. 2.50 lakh.