The Tokyo Paralympics 2020 is finally up and running and after a memorable opening ceremony, the action has kickstarted in the competition. India didn’t have a great time on the opening day of the action as para table tennis player Sonalben Madhubhai Patel, lost to China’s Li Quan 11-9, 3-11, 17-15, 7-11, 4-11. Bhavina Hasmukhbhai Patel, another para table tennis player faced defeat against China’s Zhou Ying. She lost 3-11, 9-11, 2-11. 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games: Check Out the Schedule, Indian Athletes & Other Details You Need to Know About.
Both Bhavina and Sonalben would be aiming to stage a comeback in their next group matches, which are to be played on Thursday (August 25). A lot of hopes would be pinned on the eighth-ranked Bhavina to overturn this defeat and keep India in contention for a medal as she would take on Britain’s Megan Shackleton in the Women’s Singles Class 4 Group A match. Sonalben would be competing in the Women’s Singles Class 3 Group D Table-tennis event against South Korea’s Lee Mi-Gyu.
India have sent her largest contingent of 54 athletes to the Paralympic Games this year in hope of replicating the success the Olympic athletes achieved earlier this month.