India has suffered a setback in the Tokyo Paralympics. India will not get the bronze medal that Vinod Kumar won in discus throw. The medal was put on hold after the protest. Now it has been decided that Vinod will not be given that medal. The technical representative of the Tokyo Paralympics has determined that Vinod Kumar does not qualify for discus throw (F52 class).
Let us inform you that Vinod Kumar won the medal on Sunday. But the classification of his disorder was protested, after which the medal was stopped. BSF’s 41-year-old Vinod Kumar had finished third with a best throw of 19.91m. He finished behind Poland’s Piotr Kosewicz (20.02m) and Croatia’s Velimir Sandor (19.98m), who won gold and silver medals respectively.
But after the results their classification of F52 was objected to. The organizers now said in a statement, “The panel found that the NPC (National Paralympic Committee) could not allot ‘Sport Class’ to Indian athlete Vinod Kumar and the player was marked ‘Not Completion Classification’ (CNC).” According to this, ‘the athlete is ineligible for the men’s F52 discus throw event and his result in the event is invalid.’
Who can take part?
The F52 event involves athletes who have weak muscle mass and limited movement, hand deformities, or leg length differences, which allow athletes to compete in a sitting position. Those with spinal cord injuries or players who have had a limb amputated also participate in this category.
Para players are placed in classes based on their disorder. The classification system allows players who have the same disorder to compete. The organizers did the classification of Vinod on 22 August.
Vinod kumar was in bed for almost a decade
Vinod’s father was in the army and fought in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. While training after joining the Border Security Force (BSF), Vinod had fallen from a peak in Leh, injuring his leg. Due to this, he had been in bed for almost a decade and during this time both his parents died.
His condition improved around 2012 and his campaign in Para sports started after the 2016 Rio Games. He started practice at the Sports Authority of India Center in Rohtak and won bronze medals twice in the national competition.