Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: India’s Vinod Kumar loses discus bronze

Vinod Kumar had won the bronze with an Asian record 19.91m throw but a classification panel deemed the Indian athlete ineligible to compete in the F52 class.

By Rahul Venkat
Picture by Paralympic Committee of India

India’s Vinod Kumar was stripped of his bronze medal in the men’s discus throw F52 class at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics on Monday.

Vinod Kumar had won bronze with a new Asian record 19.91m throw on Sunday. However, following complaints by fellow competitors, the discus thrower was put under review by a classification panel and it was deemed that Vinod Kumar was not eligible to compete in that particular category. 

The classification panel has been unable to allocate Vinod Kumar a sport class and the athlete has been designated as ‘Classification Not Completed’ (CNC).

“The athlete is therefore ineligible for the men’s F52 discus medal event and his results in that competition are void,” a statement from the organisers said.

The bronze medal has now been awarded to Aigars Apinis of Latvia, who threw his season’s best 19.54m.

The F52 is part of a sports class where athletes compete in a seated position - either in a wheelchair or a throwing chair due to impaired muscle power, restricted range of movement, limb deficiency or leg length difference.

Athletes classified under F51-F53 have limited shoulder, arm and hand function to varying degrees and usually, no trunk or leg function.