Middle-distance runner Ankur Dhama became India’s first blind athlete in 30 years to participate at Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (2016). He took part in the event with his partner Vipin Kumar. Dhama took part at the Asian Para Games in 2014 and won a silver medal and two bronze medals.
Ankur was born in Baghpat, a small village in Uttar Pradesh, to a family of farmers. He started losing his vision when he was 5 years old. Nevertheless, Dhama has been consistently winning medals for the country in Para Championships all over the world. A student of Delhi’s St Stephen’s college, he competes in Track 11 category for the completely blind. For his accomplishments on the tracks, he was awarded the Arjuna award in 2018. Ankur is trying to get better and perform to his fullest as he targets the Paralympic Games of 2020.
A perfect example of grit and determination.