After being declared ineligible in a disability classification assessment by the competition panel, Indian discus thrower Vinod Kumar lost his F52 category bronze medal at the Paralympics on Monday. On Sunday, the 41-year-old BSF man finished third behind Poland’s Piotr Kosewicz (20.02m) and Croatia’s Velimir Sandor (19.98m). However, the result was challenged by some competitors.
“…the panel was unable to allocate the athlete Vinod Kumar from NPC India with a sport class and the athlete was designated as Classification not Completed (CNC),” the organisers said in a statement. “The athlete is therefore ineligible for the Men’s F52 Discus medal event and his results in that competition are void,” it added.
F52 is designed for athletes with decreased muscle power, restricted range of motion, limb deficiency, or leg length difference competing in a seated position, as well as athletes with cervical cord injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, and functional problems. The type and severity of a person’s handicap determine how they are categorised as a para-athlete. A classification system allows athletes to compete against others of similar levels of ability.