“A fantastic combination of service and sport”

Suhas Yathiraj, the District Judge of Gautham Buddha Nagar (NOIDA) in Uttar Pradesh, wrote his story on Sunday after becoming the first Indian Administrative Service (IAS) official to win a medal at the Paralympic Games. Suhas fought against world number one Lucas Mazur in three hard-fought fights in the men’s SL4 individual finals in a game that lasted over an hour. Yathiraj stunned the French, the three-time world champion, in the first game and had practical progress in the second and third games, but Mazur is too experienced and too skilled and fought after a game at 15:21, 21-17, 21-15

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Suhas Yathiraj and on Sunday described it as a fantastic combination of service and sport that caught the imagination of the entire nation. Prime Minister Modi tweeted: “A fantastic mix of service and sport! @dmgbnagar Suhas Yathiraj has fired the imagination of our entire nation with her outstanding athletic performance. We congratulate him on winning the silver medal in badminton. Best wishes for his future endeavors. “

Indian President Ramnath Kovind also went to Twitter to congratulate Yathiraj.

As well as, among others, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.

The 38-year-old district judge from Noida, who suffered from an ankle disability, had trained mostly at night after work to prepare for the Paralympic Games.

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