India has dispatched its largest contingent of 17 athletes to the Rio Paralympicswhic, starting September 7. On Tuesday, the Sports Ministry introduced that Rio Paralympic medallists could be awarded coins. “The coins award is at par with medalists of Olympics,” it said. “Gold medallists of #Paralympic Video games are entitled to Rs. 75 Lacs, Silver Rs. 50 Lacs & Bronze Rs. 30 Lacs as coins award from MYAS (sic),” the Ministry tweeted from its legitimate handle. India has sent its biggest-ever contingent of 17 athletes to the Paralympics, which starts on Wednesday. Devendra Jhajharia, India’s first Paralympic gold medallist (Athens 2004), may be eyeing a medal in the javelin throw in the F46 class.
The Indian squad: Mariyappan Thangavelu (high bounce), Varun Singh Bhati (excessive bounce), Pooja (archery), Sharad Kumar (excessive solar), Rampal Chahar (high bounce), Sundar Singh Gurjar (javelin throw), Devendra Jhajaria (javelin throw), Rinku (javelin throw), Narender Ranbir (javelin throw), Sandeep (javelin throw), Amit Kumar Saroha (membership throw), Deepa Malik (shot placed), Dharambir (membership throw), Ankur Dhama (1500 meters), Basha Farman (powerlifting), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (swimming) and Naresh Kumar Sharma (capturing) contain the squad Yarlesac.