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Paris Paralympics 2024: Aruna Tanwar books her ticket to Paris

India’s para-taekwondo player Aruna Tanwar on Sunday secured a spot in the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris after she clinched a gold medal in the women’s 47 kg category in the Asian Para-Taekwondo Qualifying Tournament in Tai’an, China.

Hangzhou 2022 bronze medallist Aruna, became the first Indian para-taekwondo player to qualify and participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. She will now participate in her second Paralympic Games in Paris. This delightful news of Aruna’s success was announced by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) through their official X account, formerly Twitter.

“We are beyond thrilled to announce that NCOE Lucknow’s very own Taekwondo superstar Aruna Tanwar has officially qualified for the Paris Paralympics 2024!” Sports Authority of India (SAI) Lucknow centre posted on X.

Nepal and the Philippines besides India also clinched a Paralympic quota place for Paris 2024 with Palesha Goverdhan of Nepal bagging her quota in women’s 57 kg. Like Aruna, she will also be participating in her second Paralympic Games. Allain Ganapin (men’s -80 kg) of the Philippines also qualified for his second Paralympics.

However, he was unable to compete at Tokyo 2020 due to a positive COVID-19 test and will now prepare for his Olympic debut. Seven countries won Olympic quotas for the Paris 2024 Paralympics at the Asian Qualifiers with Thailand claiming three berths.

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Other Paralympic athletes in Paris

Besides Aruna Tanwar, Muskan (under 52kg) and A Linciya (under 65kg) competed for India in the women’s weight divisions. On the other hand, Sadham Hussain (under 63kg) was the lone Indian male player who participated in the Asian Qualifiers.

Apart from them, Thangavelu Mariyappan, Navdeep, Soman Rana, Dilip Mahadu Gavit, Bhagyashri Mahavro Jadhav and Kashish Lakra have qualified for the Paris Paralympics 2024. India has so far secured 36 quota places for Paris Paralympics across seven sports.

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Aruna’s international exploits so far

Aruna who hails from the Bhiwani district of Haryana has seen quite a lot of success in recent years. Back in 2021, Aruna became the first Indian Para-athlete to take part in Paralympics after she got a wildcard entry. Subsequently, she bagged a bronze medal in the Asian Para Games in 2023 which took place in Hangzhou. Interestingly, she became the first-ever Indian taekwondo player to win a medal in the history of the tournament.

Aruna, last won three gold medals in the Australia Open Para Taekwondo Championship, the President Cup Para Taekwondo Championship and the Oceania Para Taekwondo Championship. She has deformities in both her hands and is India’s only taekwondo player in the upcoming edition of the Paralympics. Aruna continues to be an inspiration and the epitome of grit and hard work for a lot of Indian athletes.

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