Mariyappan Thangavelu was born on June 28, 1995, in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Mariyappan Thangavelu lost a leg at the age of only five.
He was hit by a bus while playing outside the house, due to which he had an accident, in this accident his right leg was badly injured, due to which he lost his leg completely. During an interview, he had told about this accident, he also told that the driver of the bus was drunk, he also said that but it does not matter, my leg was completely useless. And she was never going to recover. His family is still fighting a legal battle with the transport company of that bus, even after such an accident, Mariyappan did not give up and he did not stop, on September 9 in 2016, he won the men’s T42 He made history by winning the gold medal in the high jump Rio de Janeiro, which is the capital of Brazil. He did this jump while participating in the Paralympic Games.
Due to the accident at the age of 5, his family kept fighting in the court for 17 years and in the end, he got only ₹ 200000 compensation, out of which ₹ 100000 went to lawyers’ fees and the rest ₹ 100000 Saroj Amma decided for Mariyappan’s future. In view of this, Saroj amma had also paid a tax of ₹ 300,000 from a bank for Mariyappan’s treatment, which was not even repaid till 2016 due to the poverty of his family. He was stopped and he could not study further and the same Mariyappan got his hard-earned scholarship and completed his BV degree from ABS College. After this, a Dravidian trainer living in Bangalore named Satyanarayana trained Mariyappan for 2 years and also gave ₹ 10000 every month.
As a child, Mariyappan loved to play volleyball and continued to play it despite the loss of one of his legs. His teacher asked why he did not try his hand at the high jump. Mariyappan liked him and at the age of 14, he took part in the high jump competition for the first time, that too against ordinary players. He finished second in that competition.
Mariyappan got selected in the Indian team of the Paralympic Games in 2016. Varun Singh Bhati won a bronze medal in this competition. The Government of India gave Rs 75 lakh to Mariyappan, while the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mrs. Jayalalithaa has announced an award of Rs 2 crore to him.
Career as an Athletic
Mariyappan used to joke about playing volleyball as a student; Later, his school’s physical education teacher encouraged him to try the high jump. In his first competitive event at the age of 14, he finished second in the able-bodied competitors’ field, after receiving strong encouragement from his classmates and others in the Salem district. In 2013, his current coach Mr. Satyanarayana, who had been partly backed by the Sports Academy of India, first saw his performance at the Indian National Para-Athletics Championships and formally took him as a student in 2015, driving him to Bengaluru. for coaching
In March 2016, Mariyappan qualified for the Rio Paralympics by covering a distance of 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) in the men’s high jump T42 event at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunisia. At the Rio Paralympics, he won the gold medal in the men’s high jump T42 event with a jump of 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in).
In 2015, Mariyappan completed his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from AVS College of Arts and Science. He is planning to complete his MBA from the same institute.
He has an elder sister Sudha and two younger brothers Kumar and Gopi.
In March 2016, Mariyappan Thangavelu qualified for Rio with a jump of 1.78m while the qualification mark was 1.60m. His performance gave an idea that he could win a medal at the Olympics and the day was not far when he could achieve it. Mariyappan has not only received prize money of Rs 75 lakh from the Government of India for winning the gold medal in the Paralympics, as well as the Tamil Nadu government has also announced a reward of Rs 2 crore to him.
Awards and recognition
PadmaShri (2017) – India’s fourth highest national honor
From the Government of Tamil Nadu (US$ 3,10,000)
Over 75% (US$120,000) from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports
Over 30% of the amount (US$47,000) from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
$15,000,000 (US$23,000) from the fund set up by Sachin Tendulkar from various corporations
Over US$ 16,000 (Rs. 10,00,000/-) from Yash Raj Films
Over US$ 16,000 (Rs. 10,00,000/-) from Delhi Golf Club
$7,800 over a 5-year period from NRI trader Mukkattu Sebastian