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Para-athlete from city to compete in Tokyo

Service man who lost a limb in 2006 will participate in seated shotput

Paralympics 2020

Shillong, July 28: Soman Rana, a para-athlete from the city, has been selected for the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 in seated shotput discipline.

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The 38-year-old sportsman of the Army Paralympic Node at Kirkee in Pune, lost his right limp in a mine blast in 2006. He was inducted into the Army Paralympic Node in 2017. He will compete in the F57 category of shotput.

This year, Rana won gold medal in Tunis World Para Athletics Grand Prix and bagged two gold medals and a silver in XIX National Athletics Para Championship.

“He is one of the strong medal prospects to win a medal in Tokyo Paralympics 2020,” according to a media statement released on Wednesday.

Tokyo Paralympics will start on August 24.

The Army Paralympic Node provides a platform to all the serving impaired soldiers to pursue para sports. Since its raising in 2017, para-athletes of the node have won 28 international medals and 60 national medals.

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