Hrithik Roshan backs two Bengaluru para swimmers

Published On: 2015-08-06

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Hrithik Roshan backs two Bengaluru para swimmers in their Olympic quest

By: Reema Gowalla
Source: TOI

Two para swimmers from Bengaluru are currently training to compete in the 2016 Summer Paralympics, slated to take place in Brazil. Sharath Gayakwad and Niranjan Mukundan are being backed by actor Hrithik Roshan in their quest.

Born with a congenital deformity on his left arm, 24-year-old Sharath has won several Asian Games medals. He has also rep resented India at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2013 IPC World Swimming Championships in Montreal, and the Asian Para Games in Korea. Buoyed by the opportunity to be able to display his talent at yet another prestigious sports event, Sharath says, "I have been practising para swimming since the age of nine.This is like a dream come true, more so because we are supported by the fitness icon of Bollywood himself." Niranjan, 21, feels that there is a lack of knowledge among people about disability swimming in general. 

He is hoping that being He is hoping that being endorsed by a Bollywood star will encourage others like him to chase their dreams. Niranjan was born with a medical condition called spina bifida, and has already undergone some 16 surgeries. But this has not deterred this swimmer from mastering the 100 metre butterfly stroke. He has been part of a number of international sports events like the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, the 2014 IWAS World Junior Games in Stoke in Mandeville, and won at several competitions in the country.

Speaking about matching wits with fellow swimmer Sharath, Niranjan says, "We might be rivals in water, but we both are equally proud to be able to represent our country at global events and hoping to bring honour home."