Deepa Malik

Deepa Malik

Deepa Malik is an Indian athlete and was born on 30 September 1970. Deepa Malik is popularly known as a para-athlete of India. She was born as a normal child, but at the age of 5, she was diagnosed with a spine tumour, which was treated for 3 years. Again in 1999, she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour so walking became impossible for her. The diagnosis i.e., spinal tumour was operated by conducting 3 surgeries and 183 stitches. This made her lower body paralysed. Even after struggling with a lot of physical and mental trauma, she successfully managed a catering business for 7 years. She ultimately decided to pursue a career in sports at the age of 36.

She participated in various athletic/field events like Javelin Throw, Discus Throw, Swimming and Motorcycling. She received Khel Ratna, President Role Model Award, First Ladies Award – Ministry of Women & Child Development, Padma Shri, and an Arjuna Award. She took part in a number of local, state, national, and international events. She has thus far won 58 national and 18 international medals. She was the first Indian woman to win a medal in the Paralympics. Moreover, she is a passionate biker and brilliant swimmer. She won a prize in 2016’s Paralympic games. In Asian Para Games 2018, she became the sole Indian women to win medals in 3 consecutive Asian Para Games (2010, 2014, 2018). She is the first physically challenged Indian woman to be granted an officer rally licence by the Federation Motor Sports Club of India (FMSCI).She was a member of the working unit within the formulation of the 12th five-year plan (2012-2017) on education & Sports.

She is one among the brand ambassadors for NMDC’s- Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The multi-talented personality, deepa malik has been featured within the Limca Book of Records. The International Paralympic Committee [IPC] honoured her with the International Women’s Day Recognition in 2019. The award is given to a person who exemplifies the Paralympic spirit and acts as a role model for all women. She announced her retirement from competition in September 2019 to contest for the President of the Paralympic Committee of India [PCI], which she won in January 2020. Deepa Malik announced her retirement in accordance with the National Sports Code. An active athlete cannot hold an official position in any federation, according to the National Sports Code. The tenacious para-athlete announced her retirement from competitive athletics to take up the position of President of the Indian Paralympic Committee. Deepa Malik also stated that she will now focus more on promoting the country’s aspiring para-athletes.