Vinod Kumar with his coach (Image: Paralympic Committee of India)
Vinod Kumar with his coach (Image: Paralympic Committee of India)

Paralympics: India discus thrower Vinod 'ready' for Games after re-classification in T/F52 category

ANI | Updated: Aug 22, 2021 14:30 IST

Tokyo [Japan], August 22 (ANI): Indian discus thrower Vinod Kumar is "ready to perform well" in the Tokyo Paralympics following the change in his participation category which has raised hope for a medal ahead of the Games.
Vinod Kumar has been reclassified in the T/F52 category ahead of the Games and the discus thrower admitted that he was under a slight "pressure" before the change.
"I am ready for the event and I'm full of confidence. SAI and Paralympic Committee has supported me throughout my journey. My coach has also guided me at every step, I will perform well in the Paralympics," said Vinod Kumar in a video given by the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).
"I can't describe the feeling in words. I was slightly under pressure due to my category but now I'm ready to give my 100 per cent," he added.
"He has been training in SAI Bengaluru for the last year. We are confident of winning a medal," said Vinod Kumar's coach.
However, Indian javelin thrower Tek Chand has been classified in the T/F55 category, though at the previous classification he had been classified in the T/F54 category.

Satyanarayana, the chairperson of Indian Para Athletics, was happy that Vinod Kumar's classification was as per expectation.
"Vinod Kumar's re-classification in his own category is a great news. India's chances of winning a medal in this category are bright and any change here would have been a big blow to Vinod Kumar and the Indian contingent," said Satyanarayana in a statement.
"Tek Chand on other hand has been classified in one category above and hence his competition will be that much tougher, but we are sure that he will give his best," he added.
In athletics, the sport class consists of the prefix "T" or "F" and a number. The prefix T stands for "track", marathon and jumping events, and F stands for "field." It indicates for which events the sport class applies, either for track/jump/marathon or for field events.
Classes are divided in terms of type (indicated by the first digit) and level of impairment. In general, the lower the second digit, the higher the level of impairment.
T/F51, T/F52, T/F53, T/F54, T/F55, T/F56, and T/F57 are for athletes with impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference, with athletes competing in seated position for example with cervical cord injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, functional disorder.
The Paralympic Games is scheduled to be held between August 24 and September 5. Thangavelu Mariyappan, Rio 2016 Gold Medal winner, will be the flag bearer of India. (ANI)