Have your heart and soul in the right place and nothing can deter you from your destination18-year-old Rinku Hooda from Rohtak has lost his left arm when he was 3 after being trapped in a paddy-sowing machine! Today he has made our country proud by winning a Silver medal in Javelin throw at the first U-20 World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. He proved that ‘Sportsmanship does not depend on your physical appearance; it speaks a lot more about your ability to achieve it’!
Being the youngest of 5 siblings, Rinku is from a small village Dhamar, Rohtak in Haryana. He was assigned to helping his father Rohtash on the 12-acre farm. He had little memory of losing his arm and started winning gold medals at the district and state levels during his schooling. His biggest strength was not being aware of the painful incident that happened to him at such a young age!
Today he has made a recognition for himself and has raised the platform for physically challenged people in India. He participated in the Javelin throw at a distance of 54.92, grabbing the second place for himself! Although he was invited to the event with a short notice, his one week of training and the audience’s cheers helped him win for India!
His previous achievements were in the IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London but he only reached the fourth place with his best shot of 55.12 meters .His 5th position in Rio Olympics was another boost for him to get a Silver medal!
Rinku got inspired after watching Chak De India. It gave him the courage to be a sportsperson. It is very heart warming to see how being physically challenged is not a burden and is actually a blessing and motivation.