Two amputees to compete on bikes

Tuesday 2nd October, 2018

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Publication  The Asian Age
Source  Bureau
CCM  25.96
Edition  New Delhi
Supplement   Delhi Age
MAV  72,688
Language  English
Page  35
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raid de himalaya
Two amputees to compete on bikes
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HIn a global first, two amputees will compete on motor-bikes in the world's highest cross-country rally, the Raid de Himalaya this year.
Setting this global record are Vinod Rawat of Mumbai and Ashok Munne of Nagpur.
The Raid 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, gravel and dust.
The amputees, Rawat and Munne are competing in the
toughest category at the Raid ? Xtreme Moto. Racing motorcycles at high-altitude roads and mountain passes is a task few can accomplish.
Munne is a Nagpur man and is a para-athlete whose achievements can dazzle any able-bod-ied individual. The 34-year-old is a 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. His current passion is finishing the Raid de Himalaya.