Sharad Kumar from Muzaffarpur awarded the Arjuna Award for his performance in Tokyo Paralympics

President Ram Nath Kovind conferred Arjuna Award-2021 on Sharad Kumar at the National Sports Awards ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Sharad hails from the Kodarkatta village of Motipur in the Muzaffarpur district.
Sharad Kumar of Motipur, who won a bronze medal in the high jump event at the Tokyo Paralympics, dedicated the Arjuna Award to the Union Government and the Ministry of Sports. Sharad told that the Centre, the Sports Ministry, and the Sports Authority of India have always encouraged him. He further added that he was sent to Ukraine for state-of-the-art training. As a result, he was able to win a gold at the Asiad in 2018 and a bronze at the Tokyo Paralympics this year. After which he was honored at many places. Two days ago, the UP government honored Sharad by giving him one crore rupee.

Sharad expressed that he has been hoping that to get respect from his home state, but till now there is no such indication. He said, “I want that like other states, such sports policies should be made in Bihar too, where players are given respect according to their merit. After winning the medal, I got a job, so that I could concentrate only on my sport. I would like to tell the players that they should not rely on luck, but work hard. They will definitely get success.”
Sharad’s father Surendra Kumar and elder brother Shalaj said that it is a proud moment for them. When Sharad was diagnosed with polio at the age of 18 months, no one could have imagined that he would achieve so much. Today, Sharad has been able to achieve this position only on the basis of his hard work. The government of Uttar Pradesh gave Rs 1 crore as an honor to Sharad. 15 lakhs as an honor to Sharad Kumar for receiving Arjuna Award.
Mother Kumkum Kumari is very proud of the news of her son receiving the Arjuna Award for Para High Jump. Due to Chhath Puja, she could not directly attend the award ceremony. She had come to perform Chhath Puja in her village located in Motipur. After all the rituals were done, she returned home with her daughter. After seeing her son receiving the award, she said that God has listened to her prayers. Her dreams came true. The joy of seeing the son receiving such a prestigious award from the President is more than that of winning the medal.
She told that for the bright future of Sharad, she is doing Chhath Puja continuously for the last two decades. Today is the biggest day of happiness for them. Neighbors have also congratulated him. On the other hand, Oxigen Guru Avinash Tiranga, Patron of District Athletics Association Anil Kumar Singh, President Ram Pramod Ram, Secretary Mrityunjay Kumar Singh, Kumar Aditya have congratulated Sharad on receiving the Arjuna Award.

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is a student at the Centre for Chinese and South-east Asian Studies, JNU, New Delhi. He also works with Hasratein- a Delhi based queer collective. The current area of his academic interest lies in the study of the Chinese language and society.