Our person of the week is Indian para-athlete Varun Singh Bhati, who has clinched the bronze medal in men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics 2016.
Born and brought up in Greater Noida, Bhati was stuck by polio at a very early age. This deformity didn’t stop Bhati who excelled as a young athlete even during his school days. He came to spotlight in the last two years, after consistent performances at major international competitions. Bhati clinched the gold with a prolific showing at the IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championship, where he set a new Asian record.
Going into the Rio Paralympics, he was being touted as one of India’s biggest medal hope, owing to his recent performances. And Bhati didn’t disappoint, as he clinched the bronze with another brilliant performance.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has recently congratulated Bhati and announced a cash reward of Rs. 1 crore for him for putting up a great show and achieving feat for the state and country.
Uttar Hamara is proud of Varun Singh Bhati whose achievement proves to be an encouragement for other ‘divyangs’ across the country!