Veteran Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia visits Rajasthan’s schools under PM’s ‘Meet the Champions’ campaign

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Churu (Rajasthan): Ahead of Tokyo Olympians and Paralympians, veteran Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia on Monday reached Parakh Rajakiya Balika Uchcha Madhyamik Vidyalaya here as participation in the ‘Meet the Champions’ programme.

Devendra said, “I have been very happy to honour the request of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi of meeting students across 75 schools in Rajasthan, The students have been very energetic and we spoke on a lot of things, especially healthy and non-healthy diets. I liked it they were very conversational and knowledgeable and passionate to learn everything that will keep them healthy. Their responses were very good too.” 

Jhajharia is a javelin thrower who has been a three-time medallist (2 golds, 1 silver) from the Paralympic Games.

“The message will be spread across every household that we have to fight against bad nutritional habits and take fitness as a lifestyle. I am very happy that my fellow Olympians and Paralympians, through the Meet the Champions initiative, are adding their value to this larger cause,” he added. 

During the event, Devendra interacted with the students and played Table Tennis. Devendra shared his routine and lifestyle with the students. 

A student named Lakshmi Prajapat shared her experience and said, “It was incredible to come so close to Devendra sir and know from him such amazing insights on food habits and his fitness routines. He has become more inspirational for all of us and I’ve made so many notes in my diary today.” 

‘Meet the Champions’ programme has been initiated by the partnership of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Ministry of Education. Through this campaign, the Tokyo champions are awaring the school students about ‘Santulit Aahar’ (balanced diet). 

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As a part of the initiative, Neeraj Chopra and Bajrang Punia have already been to the events in Gujarat and Haryana respectively. Meanwhile, Paralympics medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu has also been one of the attendees of the event in Tamil Nadu. Other athletes too have been a part of the initiative so far.

first published:March 7, 2022, 9 p.m.

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