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  • Subba Going for the 2 Js - Judo and Javelin - at the Tokyo Paralympics


    03/13/21

    Para athlete, Theador Subba, is a rare talent in the Paralympic and
    Olympic Movements as he is a judo and javelin athlete, a very ambitious
    combination that arguably many would not dare to undertake.

    The 2019 Lima Para Pan-American bronze medalist in the over 100 kg
    class, Subba in achieving that historic feat went beyond the incredible as
    he only started pursuing the sport of judo in early 2018. That boldness spirit
    drove him to take up the javelin in 2019, for which he has evident talent, but
    he postponed his debut in that field sport at the Para Pan-American Games
    to concentrate on judo, a decision which paid off handsomely for him.

    Looking towards berths in both sports at the Tokyo Paralympic Games,
    Subba said "the passion to represent my country, the will to succeed and
    the hope that I will be an example to others drive me, inspire me, to pursue
    the two Js and to do well."

    An undergraduate Bachelor of Science Public Policy and Management
    student at the University of the West Indies, Subba is sacrificing leisure in
    ensuring that he stays on track in the halls of education and on the field of
    play. "I take life now seriously so that I can smile tomorrow with a career in
    one hand and medals in the other."

    As the days expire, training intensifies and innovative ways are adopted to
    avoid inactivity brought on by the pandemic and to maintain a conditioned
    mind and body. This gifted para athlete gives the formula: "train with your
    eye on the prize, rest well, then re-charge and go at it again with passion
    and perseverance."

    The para army of athletes are earnestly in training in an effort to make it to
    the big show in Tokyo between August 24 and September 5 where they will
    compete with the best of the global community for coveted podium places
    on the international stage. JPA President, Christopher Samuda, said: "in
    the Paralympic movement we remind each other that commitment and
    dedication to duty determine today's success and tomorrow's victory and
    that yesterday's lessons learned and applied give enlightened vision to the
    future."

    The Tokyo games is a future event in the cycle of Paralympic sport but it
    will eventually become the past on which several of Jamaica's aspiring
    para athletes are hoping to reflect in saying "mission accomplished."

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