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IndusInd Bank lends support to Paralympic athletes

Fifteen emerging and elite para athletes have been selected to receive support in the first year. Among them, Amit Saroha and Devendra Jhajharia have already qualified for the Paralympic Games. (Getty Images)

Fifteen emerging and elite para athletes have been selected to receive support in the first year. Among them, Amit Saroha and Devendra Jhajharia have already qualified for the Paralympic Games. (Getty Images)

Fifteen emerging and elite para athletes have been selected to receive support in the first year. Among them, Amit Saroha and Devendra Jhajharia have already qualified for the Paralympic Games.

Mumbai: IndusInd Bank on Thursday announced its support to the Indian para athletes, who qualify for this year's Rio Paralympics, through its Para Champions Programme -- IndusInd Umang -- designed for differently-abled sportspersons.

Fifteen emerging and elite para athletes have been selected to receive support under the programme in the first year with two among them -- Amit Saroha and Devendra Jhajharia -- having already qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this September, a media release said on Thursday.

Para swimmer Suyash Jadhav, also among 15 athletes, has already acheived 'A' qualification mark for the Paralympics.

The programme is in association with GoSports Foundation, an independent, professionally-managed and donor-funded organisation focused on promoting sports in the country with an advisory board comprising sports icons Abhinav Bindra, Rahul Dravid and Pullela Gopichand.

"The programme seeks to impact the lives of the selected 15 athletes positively, and boost them to the next level in their sporting journeys," the release said.

"This is the first time a cohesive and comprehensive programme and commitment have been put in place for para athletes by any corporate in the country," it added.