President Ramnath Kovind will present the award on August 29
Bhopal: Satendra Singh Lohiya, an international para-swimmer of Madhya Pradesh, has been selected for the prestigious Tenzing Norgay Adventure Award-2020. According to an official source, President Ramnath Kovind would present this award to him in Delhi on August 29.
Satendra Singh is the first handicapped sportsperson who grabbed this prestigious award. Moreover, he is also the first para-swimmer of Asia, who crossed the 42 km Catalina Channel of America in just 11.34 hours.
A resident of Gata village in Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh, Satendra is also an employee of the Commercial Taxes department Indore. Whereas, his father Gayaram Lohiya is a security guard at Muthoot Finance.
According to Satendra, he had shaped his problems into his strength. “Disabled persons need support and respect and not sympathy,” he said.
Sarvshreshth Divyang Khiladi Award
Earlier, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu had honoured Satendra with ‘Sarvshreshth Divyang Khiladi’ National Award on the International Day of Disabled Persons. The para-swimmer had grabbed the Highest Sports Award of Madhya Pradesh.
Similarly, he had won the gold medal for India at the Olympic Swimming NSW-2017 State Open Championship in Sydney, Australia. Subsequently, in May 2017, he swam a distance of 33 km under open water sea swimming.
On June 24, 2018, Lohiya set a record with para-swimming relay team at English Channel Catalina Swimming. After that, on August 18, 2019, he crossed the English Channel and created a history.
Above all, Satendra Lohiya brought laurel to Madhya Pradesh by winning 12 silver and 8 bronze medals in various national competitions.
Prime Minister Modi in his tweets said, “I met Satendra Singh Lohiya. He is an excellent para-swimmer, and as a result he won several awards. Journey of his life could inspire many people. Some time ago, he has crossed the Catalina Channel’.
Minister for Social Justice and Disabled Welfare Prem Singh Patel congratulated Satendra for winning the award.