On Sunday, LPU student and Paralympian high jumper Nishad Kumar jumps to glory and won a silver medal in the men’s high jump T47 event at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. He made a jump of 2.06m and also went on to create an Asian record.
USA’s Roderick Townsend and Dallas Wise won gold and bronze medals, respectively. Roderick Townsend made the jump of 2.15m while Dallas Wise recorded a jump of 2.06 m. Nishad and Wise both finished on the same mark, but Nishad had crossed the 2.02 mark in his first attempt while Wise took two; as a result, Nishad won silver.
Nishad Kumar had won a gold medal in the men’s high jump T46/47 event at the Fazza World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai earlier this year. He began competing in para-athletics in 2009. This was India’s second medal of Tokyo Paralympics 2020 after Bhavinaben Patel won a silver in the women’s singles table tennis event on Sunday, 29 August.
Honorable President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Nishad Kumar for winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020.
Biggest congratulations to the fierce Paralympian on setting this commendable benchmark and making India proud! LPU has announced cash rewards for its students who win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
LPU provides a 100% scholarship to its promising athletes, including a full fee waiver, free lodging and boarding, financial assistance for buying sports equipment, participating in various tournaments, and coaching and infrastructure. The university has one of the finest academic and sports infrastructure with Olympic size all-weather indoor swimming pool, a diving pool and warming up pool, 16 badminton courts, multiple squash courts, basketball courts, shooting range, and more.