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Meet Parvinder Singh Sandhu, the `Strongest Man of India' who is bound to a wheelchair
Goraya, Jalandhar: If your will power is strong and you resolve to accomplish something, probably nothing can stop you from achieving it. The same has been proved by powerlifter and head constable of Punjab Police, Parvinder Singh Sandhu.

Sandhu broke 17 bones in a road accident, including his backbone. But the broken bones did not break his grit and determination. Despite being handicapped, Sandhu bagged the title of `Strongest Man of India'.

Sandhu, who has so far won 13 awards, including a state award in powerlifting, had a keen interest in sports since childhood. He started participating in games at school level. In 1994, he got employment with Punjab Police under the sports quota. But, in 2002, he met with a serious road accident in which seventeen of his bones, including the backbone were broken.

Sandhu was forced to spend two months in a hospital and the next two years on the bed at home post the accident. He was paralyzed below the waist after the accident and confined to a wheelchair. But, a determined Sandhu refused to get bogged down and resumed powerlifting in 2006, with support from his family and the department.

It was only then that Sandhu realized the challenges faced by handicapped sports persons. He decided to start a Para Sports Academy in his village. In his initiative, he received support from his grandfather Pyara Singh Sandhu and his coach.

Captain Pyara Singh is now Chairman of the Academy. Sandhu's uncle, Charanjit Singh, who had provided land for the Academy is the President. Parvinder Singh Sandhu has 13 national medals to his name, including a bronze medal that he won at the 2009 World Games.

For his achievements, Sandhu was presented with a State Award by the Punjab government. Players from his Academy have won the national championships for the seventh consecutive time.

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