2 amputees to compete on bikes in Raid De Himalaya

Monday 1st October, 2018

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Publication  The Times of India
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2 amputees to compete on bikes in Raid De Himalaya
In a global first, two amputees will compete on motorcycles in the world's highest crosscountry event, the Raid de Himalaya this year. Setting this record are Vinod Rawat of Mumbai and Ashok Murine of Nagpur. The Raid is considered among the top 10 toughest rallies of the world. It will take off from Leh on October 8 this year, and finish on October 14. Over 200 competitors participating in Raid de Himalaya 2018 will race over some of the most challenging roads in the Kargil, Zanskar and Ladakh sectors, speeding over rocks and gravel.
The amputees, Rawat and Munne are competing in the toughest category at the Raid -XtremeMoto.
Thirty-four-year-old Munne is a para-athlete, mountaineer, an expert para glider, a scuba diver, a marathon runner, a black belt in martial arts, a skilled gymnast and kayaker, yoga expert and ace swimmer. Munne climbed the Everest in 2016, and is planning to repeat the feat in 2019. He lost his leg in a train accident in 2008 but didn't let the handicap limit his life. "I was 24 when I lost my leg in a train mishap. People said my life was over. I proved to people that I can and will do everything in life. There is no physical limitation. I will live my life the way I want to," Munne said.
Rawat has lived the Raid dream in his head for nine years. His leg was amputated when he was child. He got his driving license in the year 2000, and has been an avid motor-cyclist since.
"I came to know about the Raid in 2010. Since then, it has been my most cherished dream to compete at the Raid and finish it," he said, pti