Nothing stops those who dream and move ahead to achieve it. 2016 Paralympics Games is just one more example of the exemplary determination of Mariyappan Thangavelu. The Indian paralympian who has got the nation applauding with the big gold is a story that needs to be told.
Mariyappan Thangavelu, who belongs to Salem in Tamil Nadu flinched a gold for the nation in men’s high jump at the 2016 Paralympics being held at Rio de Janeiro. The man, who lost his right knee in a bus accident when he was just five has got the whole nation wooting for his stellar performance including star sportspersons as well. The recent to join the wagon is cricketer Virender Sehwag who tweeted his appreciation for the athlete.
Saroja,mother of Mariyappan is a vegetable seller,it’s a slap on ppl givng excuse of family condtn fr picking up gun pic.twitter.com/ds7J9dME4X
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 11, 2016
Mariyappan, who comes from a lower middle class family has defied all odds to reach the Rio grounds. His mother, Saroja is a vegetable seller, who goes door to door to earn the day’s living. Counting all this, Sehwag said that this is slap against all the excuses where people opt for wrong ways quoting poverty.
Mariyappan Thangavelu has been receiving congratulatory messages across the nation and Tamil Nadu’s CM Jayalalithaa has also bestowed him with a cash prize of Rs 2 crore.