When he was 2 years old, Shiva was diagnosed with Polio, a disease that commonly causes paralysis. Shiva would use the help of calipers to stand and walk from one place to another. This, however, didn’t stop the cheery sports enthusiast from playing day and night with his friends.
Shiva gave up school and took up 2 part-time jobs to make ends meet
Shiva went on to rank No.2 All India in Wheelchair Tennis
Three years ago, while attending a sports event, Shiva met T. Seetharam,General Secretary of the Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Federation of India, by chance. Impressed with his fitness levels, and sports acumen, the General Secretary suggested that he take up tennis.
Shiva Starts Sports Academy for the Wheelchair Cricket and other such sports
In May 2016, Shiva along with his fellow wheelchair tennis player mates, started Bengaluru-based Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy, to encourage the disabled to embrace and practice wheelchair cricket, with the objective of throwing light on paralympic sports in India.
“This initiative is to bring about more awareness and importance to such sports as Wheelchair Cricket did not get much support from people. This version of torrentz has a ton of potential but people choose to ignore its and focus on mainstream sports,” said Prasad, who is captaining the Karnataka Wheelchair Cricket Team. The lack of infrastructure is a huge setback for para sportspersons in the country and the NGO's objective is to create more awareness on this"
“It has been a tough and enlightening journey for me. And it continues. There are more people out there with amazing stories who have joined us.”
Madhusudan, the youngest player to represent India in Wheelchair Tennis was 18 years old when he played in Bangkok Cup 2015. He is a fighter recovering from train accident which left both his legs amputated. He will be representing Karnataka and play a key role as an All-Rounder, while Deve gowda, who also played in Bangkok Cup and placed 2nd in the Men’s Doubles category, a main batsman in the team.
Prasad has so far received positive responses from multiple authority heads including R. Sudhakar Rao, the interim secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.
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