TOKYO: On September 5, a history was created when Suhas L Yathiraj became first ever IAS officer to win a medal for India in Paralympics. Suhas L yathiraj, the 38 year old civil servant who is currently posted as DM in Noida won silver medal for India in Paralympics. He won the silver medal in standing lower 4(SL4) category. In the match for the gold medal, he was narrowly defeated by the two time world champion French player Lucas Mazur in a close sets which had the scoreline of 21-15, 17-21, 15-21.
The District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar in Noida was posted as DM of Noida on March 31 last year when district was among the Covid hotspots in the country. He was credited for curbing the spread of the Covid-19 in Noida. After working for long hours in the office, 2007 batch IAS officer used to train at night to prepare himself for the Paralympics.
Suhas was always passionate about sports but started playing professionally six years ago when he was the District Magistrate of Azamgarh. In 2015, the current coach of the country’s para-badminton team Gaurav Khanna spotted his talent and started training for professional matches and eventually he gained subsequent international recognition.
In 2015 itself he participated and represented India in a competition, thus becoming first ever bureaucrat to represent in sport in sport internationally. Suhas won gold medal for India at the Asian Para Badminton Championships, thus becoming the first ever unranked player to win gold medal in Asian Para Badminton.
For his achievement, Suhas was awarded the Yash Bharti, the highest civilian honour in Uttar Pradesh in 2016. “I have seen him closely. He represents the spirit of so many people. As his wife, since he has put in so much heart into it, I am actually very much relaxed and relieved since he got what he wanted so passionately,” Ritu,who is also a PCS who is currently posted as Additional District Magistrate(ADM) said after her husband Suhas won the silver medal.