Harvinder Singh, Indian Para Archer, Won India’s First Medal In Archery At The Tokyo Paralympics.

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He claimed a bronze medal and beat Min Su Kim by 6-5. Harvinder had defeated Maik Szarszewski of Germany 6-2 in the quarter-finals but lost his semi-final clash to Kevin Mather of USA 4-6.

Harvinder Singh comes from a humble family, he is the son of Paramjeet Singh, an Indian farmer. Singh was affected by dengue when he was just one-and-half years old and a local doctor administered him an injection that had an adverse effect and his legs stopped working properly.

He eventually accepted his fate as disable person and asked his parents to stop his treatments. Harvinder first came across archers training in 2010.  He got interested in archery in 2012 when he  caught a broadcast of the sport from the London 2012 Paralympics. The event motivated him to go to the target range himself. 

Against all odds, Harvinder kept going. He truly believes in Mehnat Itni Khamoshi Se Karo Ki Safalta Shor Macha De (Work hard so silently that your success makes all the noise). And he did exactly that. 

Like millions worldwide, covid-19 brought another hardship for Singh. His archery training schedule was shambled. However, Singh’s dedication was unwavering. He transformed his farm in his remote village in Ajitnagar, Haryana into a target practice venue. His hard work and dedication inspired him to set his goals higher, with sights to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Now Harvinder Singh’s hard work finally paid off at the Tokyo Paralympics.

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