GUWAHATI: For Sachin Chamaria, sport is not only a medium of discipline but a way of life. Born in North Lakhimpur in 1990, Chamaria is one such differently-abled individual who constantly proved that in order to be a sportsman, one needs to have passion and dedication and everything else follows.
Son of Rajendra Chamaria, vice chairman and managing director, Star Cement Ltd. and Renu Chamaria, the youngster met with a traffic accident in Calcutta in the year 2008 while he was only 17.
That accident changed his life and he suffered paralysis from the waist down involving all four limbs i.e., Quadriplegic. A martial arts trainee, before the injury, he, now requires the assistance of a wheelchair in order to move around and do his daily chores. It’s been 13 years since he has been wheelchair-bound.
However, despite all odds, Sachin did not stop pursuing his dreams of becoming an athlete and drove himself towards exploring ‘Boccia’.
Boccia is a precision ball sport, similar to bocce, and related to bowls and pétanque. The sport is contested at local, national and international levels, by athletes with severe physical disabilities.
In the recently held 5th BOCCIA National Championship was organized by Para BOCCIA Sports Welfare Society, India in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from March 17 to March 20, Chamaria won a gold medal in the BC3 category.
Participating for the first time participation Sachin competed against 15 other athletes and won the gold medal defeating the national and international level champions of India Rahul Dampa (Andhra Pradesh) and Ajeya Raj (Jharkhand). At least 109 athletes from 18 states of the country participated in the championship.
Introduced in 1984 into Paralympics Boccia is one of 22 games for differently-abled athletes, who require the assistance of a wheelchair. Athletes play in four different categories namely BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4 based on their physical ability to throw the ball. Now played in 80 countries this game was introduced In India 5 years ago.
Sachin is now busy preparing for the forthcoming national and international tournaments and bringing glory to the country.
He has also participated in the national level tournaments for differently-abled persons of other games such as club and discus throw and won silver and bronze medals respectively in the year 2016.
Sachin is thankful to the Para Boccia Sports Welfare Society for introducing India to the BOCCIA game and wishes for their success and establishment in the country since it has been a motivation for all the differently-abled athletes.