Aruna Tanwar is the first to enter Taekwondo at the Indian Paralympic Games.© Aruna Tanwar / Twitter
Aruna Tanwar has been given a wildcard ticket to the Tokyo Paralympic Games, making her the first Indian to compete in a global multi-sport sport, the national federation said on Wednesday. Namdev Shirgaonkar, the president of Indian Taekwondo, received a wildcard based on the “exemplary performances of the past” that Aruna received. “She is the first Taekwondo athlete in India to qualify for the Paralympic Games. This has opened the doors to all aspiring athletes, especially all female athletes who want to be in that position,” Shirgaonkar said in a statement.
“We thank World Taekwondo and the opportunity for PCI for this. Indian Taekwondo has given all its support to prepare for the Tokyo Paralympic Games and has also recommended its name to TOPS to extend the necessary support to make the dream of a Paralympic medal a reality.”
Aruna current World No. 4 women in the U-49 category. A five-time national champion, he has finished on the podium in the last four years at the Asian Para Taekwondo Championships and the World Para Taekwondo Championships.
The Tokyo Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5.
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