News Reading Practice #17

(100 Day Challenge)


Jonathan Selvaraj

Best wishes: Thakur with Indian para athletes during their send-off ceremony to the 4th Asian Para Games at Hangzhou. KAMAL KISHORE

Buoyed by an unprecedented 107 medal winning performance in the Asian Games, India is sending it's biggest ever contingent to the Asian Para Games, that will take place between 22nd and 28th of October in Hangzhou, China.
A total of 309 athletes from India including 196 men and 113 will be competing in the fourth Para Asian Games, the biggest contingent India has ever sent to the competition. At the last Asian Games in comparison, India fielded a contingent of 188 athletes.
India will participate in 17 disciplines, including five sports - Canoe, Blind Football, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, and Taekwondo for the very first time. India will have big hopes from the squad which features 2020 Paralympic gold medallists Avani Lekhara and Sumit Antil.
Antil who recently broke his own world record with a throw of 70.83 to win gold in the men's javelin F64 category at the World Para Athletics Championships has said he was targetting an even bigger throw in Hangzhou. "The Para Asian Games are a major competition for me. I hope to make another World Record at these competitions. We have been getting a lot of support from TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme) and the Government, so we feel there is a weight of responsibility on us to justify the faith they are showing in us," the 25-year-old said.
Indian Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also expressed the hope that the Indian contingent would return with its best-ever performance at the Asian Para Games. India's previous best at the Continental Games was 72 medals including 15 gold medals, 24 silver medals and 33 bronze at the 2018 Para Asian Games in Jakarta.
"These athletes exemplify the true essence of sportsmanship and dedication. Their journey is a source of inspiration for all, highlighting that with determination and hard work, one can achieve anything. As a government, we stand firmly behind them and are excited to see them make India proud,” Thakur said.


Athlete - കായികാഭ്യാസി

Emulate - അനുകരിക്കുക

Buoyed by - ആവേശം ഉള്‍ക്കൊണ്ട്, പ്രചോദനത്താല്‍.

Unprecedented - അഭൂതപൂര്‍വ്വമായ, മുമ്പെങ്ങുമില്ലാത്ത

Contingent – സൈന്യവിഭാഗം

Compete - മത്സരിക്കുക, പൊരുതുക

In comparison - താരതമ്യം ചെയ്യുമ്പോള്‍

Field (v) – കളത്തിലിറക്കുക

Disciplines - കായിക ഇനങ്ങള്‍ (subtype of a sport, an event within a sport)

Targetting - ലക്ഷ്യം വെക്കല്‍

Justify – സാധൂകരിക്കുക

Bronze medal - വെങ്കല മെഡല്‍

Exemplify - തെളിയിക്കുക

Essence - കാതല്‍, സത്ത

Sportsmanship-  കായികാഭ്യാസ വൈദഗ്ദ്ധ്യം

Dedication - ആത്മസമര്‍പ്പണം

Inspiration – പ്രചോദനം

Highlighting - എടുത്തുകാണിച്ചുകൊണ്ട്/പറഞ്ഞുകൊണ്ട്.

Determination - നിശ്ചയദാര്‍ഢ്യം, ഉറച്ച തീരുമാനം.

Send - off ceremony - യാത്ര അയപ്പ് ചടങ്ങ്‌