Amit Kumar Saroha
Country India
Date of Birth 1985-01-12
Age 33 years
Birth Place Sonipat
Major Teams India
Playing Details Club Throw F51
Amit Kumar Saroha, Men's Club Throw F51, Athletics
  • Group
    16th Sep, 6:33pm
    Throw:26:63 Rank:4
    LOST
Amit Kumar Saroha, Men's Discus F51/52 Final, Athletics
  • Group
    8th Sep, 6:40pm
    Throw:9.01m Rank:7
    LOST

Achievements

Silver medal in Club throw at the 2015 World Championships in Doha (Qatar)
Gold medal in Club throw and silver medal in Discus throw at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon (Korea)
Arjuna Awardee (2013) : In recognition of outstanding sporting achievements Represented India at the 2012 Paralympics in London (Great Britain)
Silver medal in Discus throw at the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou (China)  

 

Biography

 

A Paralympian and an Arjuna Awardee, Amit Saroha suffered a car accident when he was 22, causing him to become a quadriplegic due to compression of the spinal cord. Before his injury, Amit was a national level hockey player. However, his tryst with fame as a sportsperson happened after his injury when he met Jonathan Sigworth, an American wheelchair rugby player on a tour of India to promote para sports. Wheelchair rugby introduced Amit to the world of para sports and he joined Sigworth in promoting wheelchair rugby across India.

 

While playing in a demonstration match of wheelchair rugby with a Brazilian team, he met several para-athletes from across the world and learnt the official Paralympic nomenclature for his injury - F 51. Amit decided to take training in sports which require upper body strength and started competing in throw ball and discus throw; he has not looked back since.

 

In 2013, Amit was honoured with the Arjuna Award by the President of India and today he is not only a sports champion, but also a role model and an inspiration for differently-abled individuals in India. He is one of India's top medal prospects for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.