Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, February 20
Nishad Kumar, a physical education student at LPU, glorified India by setting a record in the 12th Fazza International Championships for World Para-Athletics Grand Prix, 2021, held in Dubai. Breaking the record, Nishad jumped to the best till now 2.06m for the gold, and set a new Asian record in the men’s high-jump category T46/47.
In this international tournament, the promising sports star of LPU, and India, was better than Thailand’s Chanaboon (1.93m) and Khasanov of Uzbekistan (1.90m).
Nishad’s contributory winning efforts were the high points for India in ending its illustrious athletics campaign at the championships with a grand haul of medals. After a shining show from other Indian athletes, expectations were high from Nishad and he proved it.
LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal congratulated Nishad for bringing laurels to the country and the university. Mittal shared, “All at LPU are delighted that our athlete delivered what was expected of him. We wish him all the best for his future illustrious performances in national/international competitions of utmost importance.”
Hailing from district Una of Himachal Pradesh, Nishad is pursuing his graduation in physical education at LPU on 100% sports scholarship. Seeing his talent, LPU has enabled the one-handed to follow both of his passions, studies and sports, in consonance and ardently.
Nishad says, “Along with my national mentors, I am thankful to LPU and trainers here who chiselled me to be perfect in my field. I am indebted to LPU management as it offered me scholarship to continue with both studies and sports, which was otherwise very difficult for me to reach such a winning stage. I managed a very good performance at the championships, and I am feeling proud that I established a new record also. In fact, all of my hard work learnt at LPU paid off here.” He added: “Now, I want to win the gold again and set a record in (postponed) Tokyo 2020 Paralympics as well.” For this, the 21-year old has already booked a quota for India with his ranked (bronze medal) finish at the Dubai 2019 Worlds.
Known after the popular name of the crown prince of Dubai (UAE), the ‘Fazza’ Championships for ‘people of determination’ have become an icon of global Paralympics sports. It is the focus of attention for all teams that aspire to reach the world through the Dubai gate.
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