Two paracyclists from India break into the top 5 of the world rankings

Jyoti Gaderiya

Jyoti Gaderiya

HYDERABAD: In a triumphant move for Indian sports, para cyclists Jyoti Gaderiya and Arshad Shaik have made their way into the top five of the latest Track Para Rankings, backed by the Hyderabad-based Aditya Mehta Foundation.

Gaderiya, who hails from Maharashtra, climbed to the second position in the women’s elite C2 category, while Shaikh, from Andhra Pradesh, claimed the fifth spot in the elite men’s C2 category.

Previously ranked 15th in the world, Shaikh rose to fifth position after his stellar performance at the 2024 Asian Track Paracycling Championships.

Meanwhile, India’s prized hand cyclist, Prashant Sudarshan Arkal, will embark on a mission to secure qualification for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. He recently won the bronze medal at the World Ability Games (IWAS) in Thailand.

Prashant is now gearing up for the Paralympic World Cup in Belgium in May 2024, and aims to secure his place at the 2024 Paralympic Games. This marks a historic milestone as India secures its first-ever cycling qualifications for the Paralympic Games.

“Our vision is to make India a superpower in the world of para sports,” said the AMF, which helps people with disabilities pursue a career in sports.

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