Every athlete, including silver medallist Praveen Kumar, has their devoirs towards the practice grounds, and an undeviating inclination towards the coach who helped them win a medal.
Such is Praveen and Arjuna Awardee Ankur Dhama's vision towards the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JLN), Delhi.
Praveen Kumar bagged a silver medal in the men's high jump T64 event at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics. The 18-year-old set an Asian record during the Summer Games with a jump of 2.07m.
Praveen Kumar, Ankur Dhama talk about their sports journey at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium:
Ankur Dhama said his association with the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was established back in 2009, whereas Praveen began his training at the JNL stadium from 2018 onwards.
Ankur further went on to say that JNL provides athletes with vast sporting facilities. Sporting administrators and other members of the stadium have played a very pivotal role and supported the athletes in giving their 100 percent.
"Today, the stadium has produced one medallist at the 2021 Paralympics but in the future there will be several medal winners from the able bodied as well as the Paralympics," said Ankur Dhama.
Meanwhile, silver medallist Praveen went on to thank the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) for their continued support towards the athletes.
COVID 19 outbreak had left the entire sporting fraternity in shambles. The athletes faced a lot of hindrance in their practice and fitness departments, just ahead of the commencement of the world's biggest sporting event, the 2021 Summer Games.
High Jumper Praveen credited his medal-winning stint at the Tokyo Paralympics to the Sports Authority of India. He asserted that during this arduous COVID 19 distress, SAI helped the athletes with the training facilities which helped them win medals for the nation.