Hyderabad: Aditya Mehta Foundation is set to train 100 athletes for the 2020 Paralympics through its initial ‘Mission 100’ that was launched in here on Sunday.
The foundation, led by Aditya Mehata an Asian Games medallist, also distributed para equipment worth Rs 40 lakh and will fund 15 athletes who have been training with it. The money was raised by his 1017 Infinity Ride Drive, an annual fund-raising event which saw cyclists from India and different parts of the world participating in a ride from Hyderabad to Tirupati two months ago.
“When AMF started the Infinity Ride, we simply wanted to support our para-athletes with the right equipment,” Aditya Mehta during the event.
“But over time, we realised that we had to revisit the entire Para Sports scenario from a national perspective. That is what prompted us to launch ‘Mission 100’ and find the most talented 100 para athletes who can represent India at the 2020 Paralympics. Now that we have embarked on this mission, we will scout for the best, train, coach and support them at every step so that they can represent India at the highest platform and amass more medals,” he added.
The 15 athletes who were beneficiaries at the launch included:
World No. 20 in para badminton Abu Hubaida, India’s first female wheelchair tennis player Madhu Bagri, Asian para cycling team comprising of gold and silver medalists Abhishek Singh Shekhu, Divij Shah, Rehan, Vicky Mehra, Arya Vardhan, Bala Chandra, Goutam and Gurlal Singh and bronze medalist Harinder.
Former World No. 1 para shuttler Anand Kumar was also presented with sponsorship worth Rs. 2 lakh whereas each of the cyclists were presented with Rs 4.5 lakh worth hybrid cycles and Dura Ace carbon bikes for better results. Madhu Bagri who has switched to cycling and is currently undergoing training for the upcoming Asian Championship was given a high powered hand cycle worth 3.5 lakh for her ongoing training.