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Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan wins eight medals in 2016 IWAS World Games

Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won eight medals at the recently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Of the 8 medal’s Niranjan bagged three gold medals in 50m butterfly, 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke events. He won two silver medals in 100m fly and 50m freestyle, and three bronze medals in 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 100m backstroke events.

Earlier in the 2015 edition of the IWAS Games, Niranjan had created a record for highest number of individual medals, raking in 10 medals in all the events that he participated in.

About Niranjan Mukundan

  • Niranjan was born on 4 September 1994 in Bangalore. He is an Indian para-swimmer.
  • He was born with a physical deformity called Spina Bifida (a birth defect in which there is incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord).
  • Presently, GoSports Foundation supports his sporting endeavour through its Para Champions Programme.
  • Awards and Honours: Junior World Champion (2015), National Award for Best Sports-person of the Year (2015) and Ekalavya Award (2016).


Government announces Dronacharya, Dhyan Chand, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar awards 2015

Union Government has announced names of recipients of Dronacharya Awards, Dhyan Chand Awards and Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for year the 2015.

Dronacharya Award 2015

  • Naval Singh- Athletics Para-sports coach.
  • Anoop Singh– Wrestling coach.
  • Harbans Singh- Athletics coach.
  • Swatantar Raj Singh- Boxing coach.
  • Nihar Ameen- Swimming coach.

Dhyan Chand Award 2015

  • Romeo James– Hockey.
  • Shiv Prakash Mishra- Tennis.
  • P.P Nair– Volleyball.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2015

  • Directorate General of Military Training (DGMT) – for identifying and nurturing of young talent in sports.
  • Coal India Limited (CIL) – for encouraging sports through Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Haryana State Police- For employing sportspersons and sports welfare measures.
  • Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF)- For development of sports.

The awardees will receive the awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee at a special function at Rashtrapati Bhawan to be held on 29 August 2015. Dhyan Chand Awardees and Dronacharya Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash award of 5 lakh rupees each. While, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar (RKPP) awardees will receive certificates and trophies.