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Bhavesh hopes to repay his father’s debt – The New Indian Express


Express press service

CHENNAI: At the age of five, Bhavesh Bhatt had a strange accident while playing with his friends in Uttarakhand. He and his friends were playing with a broom and accidentally pierced his eyes. Despite financial constraints, Father Kishan took him to AIIMS in Delhi, but doctors only managed to save partial vision in Bhavesh’s right eye.

The tragic incident was a precursor to more hardship, but Bhavesh refused to give up. Instead, he not only continued his education but also made a foray into sports to make a name for himself. The hard work paid off as he became the first gold medalist of the 20th edition of the National Para Athletics Championships, which kicked off in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

Bhavesh won the gold medal in the 1500m in the T13 category. Athletes with sport class T13/F13 have the least severe visual impairment. “My parents sent me to a small stadium nearby in 2019 because they thought it would take me away from boredom,” the 19-year-old told the daily after finishing on the top step of the podium. But it wasn’t easy as he undertook trials with able-bodied athletes and finished last in every race.

He had competed in a few cross-country races locally, but the current event is Bhavesh’s first national championship. “Qualifying for the 2022 Asian Para Games and winning a medal there is my goal. My father is a petty trader and we have a debt of around Rs 7-8 lakh. I strongly believe that an international medal will help me cancel the debt,” Bhavesh said.