The Asian Para Games 2018 has kick-started at Indonesia on Sunday and Indian para-athletes bagged a total of five medals including two silver and three bronze medals on the very first day for a smashing opener at the tournament – which ends on 16 Oct 2018.

Parallel to the 2018 Asian Games, the Asian Para Games 2018 started on Sunday at Jakarta in Indonesia and India won two silver and three bronze to open the games. The first medal was scored for men’s badminton when Suhas Yathiraj won the singles against Omar Bakri with a score of 21-8 and 21-7 to bag a silver. However the men’s double badminton duo of Raj Kumar and Tarun lost to Malaysia’s Cheah Honn and Saaba Hainul 9-21 and 8-21 to end up with 1-2 in the semi-final and settling with a bronze medal.

In the powerlifting event, India managed to book two medals under the 49kg men’s powerlifting event – with Farman Basha winning the silver by lifting 128kg and Paramjeet Kumar won the bronze by winning 127kg; while Loas lifter Pia Laophalkdee won the gold with mega 133kg lift off on Sunday. Medals kept raining for India through the day as Indian swimmers Devanshi Satijawon swum through to win a silver in women’s 100 metre butterfly under S-10 category and covering men’s 200 metre individual swim in SM-7 category, Suyash Jadhav clinched the bronze medal.

In chess, all the Indians won their ties with visually impaired Prachurya Kumar Pradhan who won over Domingos Savio Fernandes Gusmao from Timor Leste in less than 15 minutes – with just a week of training prior to the match. The week-long Asian Para Games will end on October 16th with a number of Indian para-athletes waiting to bring more medals home.

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