No surgery for Paralympics bronze winner Sharad, two-month rest advised

The-29-year-old Kumar had undergone a few tests after he was admitted to the All India Institute of medical Sciences (AIIMS) due to chest congestion on September 16.

Kumar had undergone a few tests after he was admitted to the AIIMS due to chest congestion on September 16.   -  PTI

Tokyo Paralympics bronze medal-winning high jumper Sharad Kumar is a relieved man as he will not need a surgery and has been advised two-month complete rest along with medication after he was diagnosed with heart inflammation last month.

The-29-year-old Kumar had undergone a few tests after he was admitted to the All India Institute of medical Sciences (AIIMS) here due to chest congestion on September 16.

He was discharged after a few days but had undergone a few tests to decide on the future course of action after being diagnosed with heart inflammation.

"(After the test results) the doctor said there is confirmed swelling (of the heart) and I will need two months rest. I will also be on medication," said Kumar on Monday.

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"Thankfully, I will need any surgery. I was under stress worrying about that only, thinking it would impact my sports career. So, I am very much relieved," he added.

The Patna-born athlete, who resides in Delhi, said doctors had advised him to remain under complete rest without any kind of "straining and exhaustion".

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Kumar, whose left leg was paralysed after he was administered a spurious polio vaccine as a toddler, had won a bronze in the T-42 high jump event in the Tokyo Paralympics on August 31 with an effort of 1.83m.

He had competed in the T-42 final in Tokyo last month despite suffering a knee injury while training before his event. He later revealed he was on the verge of pulling out of the competition.

He is a double Asian Para Games (2014 and 2018) high jump champion and also a world silver medallist (2019).

The T-42 classification is for athletes with a leg deficiency, leg length difference, impaired muscle power or impaired passive range of movement in the legs. The athletes compete in a standing position.

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