Mumbai: Easily the most celebrated athlete in India – Sachin Tendulkar sent a special message for the Indian contingent ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. While urging all Indians to root for their country, Tendulkar vouched that he too will do that as he did during the recently concluded Summer Games in Tokyo.Also Read - "Only a God Can See That, Sachin Tendulkar is God Himself": Virender Sehwag on Master Blaster's Predictions
In an article on India Today, Tendulkar hails all athletes as ‘real life’ heroes – be it, men or women. Tendulkar, popularly known as ‘God of Cricket’, reckons the lives of athletes are full of passion, commitment, and determination and that should serve as an inspiration for all. Also Read - Neeraj Chopra, Tokyo Olympics 2020 Gold Medallist, Receives Special Gift From 2008 Beijing Winner Abhinav Bindra
The former batting legend also reckoned that India will become a better nation if the people can celebrate the victories of the paralympic athletes the way do for our cricketers. Adding further, he said it is about celebrating the process, not the outcome. Also Read - IPL 2021: Gautam Gambhir Criticises Ravichandran Ashwin, Feels DC Star Should Stick to Off-Spin
Tendulkar confesses that he has been reading a lot about the paralympic athletes lately and believes India can win more than 10 medals as is being predicted. In Rio, India won four medals.
“I have been reading that we might win more than 10 medals this time around. I hope we win more. In Rio, we won 4 medals. If that goes up to 10 it is a significant upswing that all of us should celebrate,” Tendulkar wrote on India Today.
There is no doubt that an athlete has to give his all to compete at the top level such as the Olympics and only the ones who are at the top of their game are able to win a medal. Similarly, Paralympic athletes deserve more respect as they battle against all the odds to rise to such a level.