Malik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received recognition in 2017, to have won prestigious award. At 49, she also became oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour
QUOTE OF MALIK
I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and hidden potential in people with disability, Malik said
Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik on Thursday became the first Indian woman para-athlete and the oldest to be conferred the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award but training commitments kept co-awardee Bajrang Punia away from the ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.
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Malik became only the second para-athlete after double Paralympic gold-medallist javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, who received recognition in 2017, to have won prestigious award. At 49, she also became oldest athlete ever to have claimed the honour QUOTE OF MALIK I am very happy. This whole journey has been more about changing the attitude of people towards disability and hidden potential in people with disability, Malik said
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