When India said “Thank You Suhas”

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29 Sep, 21 10:28
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When India said “Thank You Suhas”

Suhas L Yathiraj has done what has never happened since India made its debut in the 1968 Summer Paralympics Games.And it was natural when the entire country said a big thank you to Suhas who createdhistorybywinningthesilvermedal in the men’s singles competition of badmintonattheTokyoParalympics. What makes this achievement stand out is that this was the best ever performance by an administrative officerintheParalympicGames. Suhas, who is the district magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar, became the first IAS officer of the country to win the medal. Suhas L.Yethiraj faced France's LucasMazurinthemen's singlesSL4 category finals at the Tokyo Paralympics. Suhas made an electrifying start by winning the first round, but lost the next two rounds and missed out on the gold medal. But he made India proud when he was presented a silver medal on the podium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulatedSuhas forhisachievement and tweeted, "A wonderful amalgamation of service and sports! DM Gautam Budh Nagar Suhas Yethiraj has captured the imaginationofourentirenationwithhisexcepti o n a l s p o rts p e rfo r m a n c e . Congratulations to him on winning a silver medal in badminton. Wishing him all the best for his future endeavours!" Born in Shimoga, Karnataka, Divyang Suhas did not want to become an IAS officer initially. He had special interest in sports since his childhood and he got a lot of supportandencouragementfromhisfamily,especiallyhis father.Whilehewon many medals for the country in several world-class competitions after becoming an IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh cadre in 2007, he also earned laurels for his contributions asDistrictMagistratefirstinPrayagraj and now in Gautam Buddha Nagar. Suhas presented his badminton racket with which he created history to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the felicitation ceremony. Suhas’s badminton racket is also part of the items at the e-auction of the gifts received by the Prime Minister. This e-auction,whichbeganonSeptember 17, will continue till October 7. If you want to become part of the achievement of Suhas, you can bid forhisbadmintonracket.Theamount raised during the e-auction will be utilized for the Namami Gange Project. The base price of Suhas's racket has been reserved at Rs. 50 lakhs.Make District Magistrate Suhas'sbadmintonracket yourown, log on to www.pmmementos.gov.in

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