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India at the 2012 Paralympic Games
India has a Paralympic team, comprising of 10 athletes competing in four different sports. The Paralympics have started from August 29 at London. Will this team follow the footsteps of 2012 Indian Summer Olympic team's performance and come up with good results?

WITH THE 2012 London Olympics coming to an end with a grand closing ceremony a few weeks back, the focus has now shifted to the Paralympic Games, which began on August 29 and end on September 9 2012. India has had its best summer Olympic Games, which came to an end on August 12 2012, with India finishing with six medals. What about India at the Paralympic Games? Will they come up with their best performance?

India has not been a successful nation as far as Paralympic Games are concerned. They have won 7 medals so far ever since India made its debut in the 1968 Tel Aviv Paralympic Games, where they did not win any medal. India won its first medal in 1972, which turned out to be a Gold medal. India's performance in the Paralympic does not auger well, as they were not able to win any medals during the last Games at Beijing, 2008. They won 2 medals in the 2004 Athens Games. If India's Summer Olympic team's performance has been improving, the Paralympic Indian team can also improve upon their performance.

India would be represented by 10 athletes in the Paralympic Games in four different sports, namely, Athletics, Powerlifting, Shooting and Swimming. Five of these athletes would be vying for a medal in Athletics. They would be involved in High Jump, Discuss Throw, Javelin Throw and Long Jump. Three powerlifters would represent India in different weight categories. Naresh Sharma is the sole Indian shooter who would also participate in three different shooting events. Similarly, Sharath Gayakwad, a swimmer would battle it out in the pool for four different events. There is no doubt that these athletes would give it their all to bring home an medal and help India's name shine. Irrespective of the results, one has to give them credit for fighting against all obstacles and representing India at such an international stage.

It is surprising to note that India does not have any women representing India in the Paralympic Games. All the Indian representatives are men. It is an irony, as it was 2 Indian women, Saina Nehwal and MC Mary Kom, along with four other athletes, who held the Indian flag high during the Games by winning medals for the country.

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