Suhas Yathiraj Scripts History, Becomes First IAS Officer To Win Medal At Paralympics

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Suhas Yathiraj Scripts History, Becomes First IAS Officer To Win Medal At Paralympics

The 38-year-old IAS officer with a leg impairment, clinched the silver medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics after losing the final match against France's Lucas Mazur in the badminton Men's Singles SL4 event.

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Noida's district magistrate and shuttler Suhas L Yathiraj scripted history by becoming the first-ever IAS officer to win a medal at the Paralympics. The 38-year-old IAS officer with a leg impairment, clinched the silver medal at the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics after losing the final match against France's Lucas Mazur in the badminton Men's Singles SL4 event.



Although Yathiraj dominated his opponent throughout the game and carried the same momentum till the end, Mazur got the edge towards the end of the second game. He
lost
to Mazur 12-15,17-21, 15-21. The 38-year old district magistrate was ranked world's number 3 in the standing lower 4 (SL4) category.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated Yathiraj on his victory. "Congratulations to Suhas Yathiraj, who gave a tough fight to world #1 and won a silver medal in badminton at #Paralympics. Your dedication in pursuing sports while discharging duties as a civil servant is exceptional. Best wishes for a future filled with accomplishments," wrote President Kovind in a tweet.

A Champion Off The Field As Well

Yathiraj took charge as DM of Noida on March 31 last year when COVID hit the country. He was lauded for containing the spread of the virus.
The Karnataka-born engineering graduate, Yathiraj, cracked civil services to become India's first specially-abled IAS officer in 2007. His first posting was in Agra.

Though he always loved sports but started playing professionally six years ago when he was DM of Azamgarh. In 2016, he became became the first bureaucrat to represent India in a sport internationally. He made it to record books by clinching the gold medal for India at the Asian Para Badminton Championships, 2016, held in China. Suhas thus became the first unranked player to win a gold medal at an Asian championship.

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