The Dubai Club for The Disabled organised the 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix FAZAA International Athletics Competition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The four-day long event, which was held between 20 and 23 March 2017, saw India bagging the 7th spot out of 48 participating countries by winning 13 medals. India won five gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
Sundar Singh Gurjar won three gold medals — one in the javelin throw, one in the discus throw in his category, and a third gold in the shot put event of T 44-46 category with a throw of 13.36m. Gurjar, who lost his left hand in an accident two years ago, is presently supported and sponsored by Cairn India and training hard for the World Para Athletic Championship in July in London.
The fourth gold was bagged by Narender Ranbir in men’s javelin throw F-44 with an effort of 47.75m.
Among the women athletes, Karamjyoti claimed the gold with 5.76m in the women’s wheelchair shot put F-55 category followed by Shatabdi Awasthi claiming the silver — a mere five centimetres behind.
Other winners include:
- Sharad Kumar, silver in high jump (men)
- Anandan Gunasekaran, silver in 400m Men T-42/44/46
- Girisha H. Nagarajgowda, bronze in high jump (men)
- Ramkaran Singh, bronze in 800m Men T-13/20
- Surjit Singh, bronze in shot put Men F-40/41/42
- Rohit, bronze in 400m Men T-11/12/13
- Pramod K Yadav, bronze in 400m Men T-42/44/46
The International Paralympic Committee is the global governing body for the Paralympic Movement. It organises the Paralympic Games and functions as the International Federation for nine sports. Having its inception on 22 September 1989 in Dusseldorf, Germany, the mission of the Federation is “To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world”.
Since 2009, the event has been taking place every year. And since its initiation, the event has witnessed an increase in the number of participants and the level of competition.