Gujarat girls to roar at Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics


The Tokyo Olympics kicked off on Friday after a year of delay. For the first time in the 60-year history of the state of Gujarat, six athletes from the state will represent India at the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games.

From Gujarat, Mana Patel was selected for swimming, Ankita Raina for tennis, Sonal Patel for para table tennis, Bhavina Patel for para table tennis, Elavenil Valarivan for shooting and Parul Parmar for para badminton.

Here is a look at their interesting stories

Mana Patel – Swimming

Mana was born on March 18, 2000 and is the top ranked Indian swimmer in her category. She has 735 points in swimmers and broke three records at the National Junior Aquatics Championships in Hyderabad. Additionally, Mana won gold in the 50m backstroke and 200m backstroke at the National Games. Apart from that, she is the first swimmer to be signed by Olympic Gold Quest.

Ankita Raina – Tennis

Ankita, 28, does not need an introduction. She is a well-known tennis player. Ranked 95th in the world, she is a resident of Ahmedabad and has won 11 singles titles and 18 doubles titles so far. Ankita, daughter of a Kashmiri Pandit family, will play doubles with Sania Mirza at the Tokyo Olympics.

Elavenil Valarivan – Shooting

Elavenil, who belongs to the Valarivan family, originally from Tamil Nadu, was born in Ahmedabad. She received shooting training in Ahmedabad and won gold and silver medals in various competitions. She is 21 years old and has already reached the world number 1 in shooting. A team of 15 shooters is ready for the Tokyo Olympics. She won a gold medal at the World Cup in Delhi last month.

Parul Patel – Para Badminton

Parul has won gold medals in various international badminton competitions. She received the Arjuna Award in 2009 for her outstanding performance. Parul, from Gandhinagar, contracted polio as a child, but she turned this obstacle into an opportunity. her father was a badminton player, so it can be said that the game was inherited by her.

Sonal Patel – Para Table Tennis

Sonal, 34, who lives in Ahmedabad, has been selected for the Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo. “Being born disabled, I dreamed of becoming a teacher by doing a good education but I did not succeed,” says Sonal. With the help of teachers and friends of Andhajan Mandal (association for the disabled), I started playing para-table. tennis, then began to work hard with the same goal as a normal person and continued to perform well in para table tennis.

Bhavina Patel – Para Table Tennis

Bhavina, who was selected for the Paralympic Games, has represented India 28 times so far. She has won 5 gold, 13 silver and 8 bronze so far. She became interested in gambling while taking a computer class at the Brind People’s Association in Ahmedabad, the future of rural India, and the rest is history.

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