Nagpur: Fighting against all odds, 19-year-old Ashwini alias Chhakuli Atalkar has taken a giant stride by clinching one silver and a bronze medal in shotput during Special Olympics World Summer Games held at Los Angeles-California in United States.
A student of Divyajyoti Special School, Ashwini is overjoyed over her stupendous success. When Ashwini was selected in the Indian contingent for Special Olympics, she was determined to make her mark in the world sporting event. Therefore since her selection she started her regular practice.
In 100 metre race, she finished second and secured silver medal whereas in shotput she succeeded in clinching bronze. Apart from it she was the member of Indian team which finished fourth in 4×100 metre relay race.
More then 7,000 athletes from all over the World had participated in the meet. While talking to Lokmat Times, Ashwini was very excited. She is receiving applauds from her friends and neighbours.
Earlier Ashwini’s father Vinayak and mother Asha were worried about her future. They had tried their best to overcome her mental disability but in vain. Seeing her interest in sports, they took the admission at Divyajyoti Special School and since then Ashwini alias Chhakuli took the stride.
Now her parents are not much worried about her future as she made them proud displaying outstanding performance in the Special Olympics. Coach of Divyajyoti Special School Vishal Naik has informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also congratulated the Indian athletes after their arrival in the country. Soon Ashwini will go to Delhi to meet the prime minister.