SRINAGAR: Family of Sheetal Devi who won gold medal in the recently held Asian Para Games in archery was felicitated by the Kishtwar administration. She is also world’s first armless female archer.

Armless archer Sheetal Devi in action at the Asian Para Games 2023. (Photo credit: World Archery)

16 years old Sheetal belongs to a remote village Loidhar, Tehsil Mughal Maidan of District Kishtwar and uses her feet to hold the bow and arrow.

Her family members were felicitated by Deputy Commissioner Dr Devansh Yadav who visited Sheetal’s home to meet her family and congratulate them. Further he also presented token of appreciation to the family members. He also shared with them congratulatory messages by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha for Sheetal and her family.

“Sheetal has not only broken physical barriers but has also made history by clinching a gold medal in the compound open archery event at the prestigious Asian Para Games held in China,” a statement issued by DIPR reads, “Sheetal Devi has become a symbol of pride, not only for her District Kishtwar and UT Jammu and Kashmir but also for Bharat.”

Dr Devansh also assured Sheetal’s family of support from the district administration. The Deputy Commissioner was accompanied by Tehsildar Mughal Maidan, Nayeem Ahmed Sheikh, and other officers from the administration.

To win gold for India, the mixed team of Sheetal and Rakesh went up against the hosts Chinese duo Yueshan and Xinliang. The Indian team-maintained composure and defeated the Chinese team with a score of 39 against 37, winning the gold medal. Sheetal also won a silver in the women’s doubles competition.

Earlier this year Sheetal took home a silver medal from the Para-Archery World Championship in the Czech Republic in July. After being discovered by the soldiers at a camp in a secluded part of Kishtwar in 2019, Sheetal begun her journey.

Sheetal was born with Phocomelia, a congenital disorder characterised by abnormality in the formation of the human arms and legs


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