|Harvinder Singh Dhanju
|Ajitnagar, Guhla, Kaithal, Haryana
|5′ 9” or 175cm
|Punjabi University, Patiala
|2015 – Present
Harvinder Singh is an Indian Para Archer and Bronze medalist at the 2020 Toyko Paralympics. He is a gold medalist at the 2018 Asian Para Games, Indonesia, and the first Indian archer to win a medal in the Paralympics.
- Harvinder grew up in a middle-class farming family in a small village Guhla Cheeka near Kaithal in Haryana, where he did his primary schooling.
- After studying at a village school up to the high-class standard, he went to Kaithal city to pursue his further studies.
- During his childhood, he suffered from dengue and the doctor administered him an injection, thereafter he has severe side effects and stopped his legs from working properly.
- Harvinder was inspired to pursue archery after he saw archery events at the 2012 London Olympics.
- Soon, he started doing training sessions for archery, while pursuing his graduation at Punjabi University in Patiala.
- After that, he practices archery for five years during which he participated and won medals at various state and national-level tournaments.
- In 2017, he participated in the 2017 Beijing World Archery Para Championships, in which he was placed at the 7th position.
- In 2018, Harvinder Singh won a gold in the Men’s Individual Recurve Open event at the 2018 Asian Para Games, becoming the first athlete from India to win a gold medal at the Paralympics.
- Later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him on his achievement by posting on Twitter.
- In 2019, he participated in the World Archery Para Championships, held in the Netherlands, and later qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
- At Tokyo Paralympics, Harvinder won a Bronze medal at the 2020 Toyko Paralympics and became India’s first-ever archery medal in the Paralympics.