Pune: It is known that anything is possible if you truly believe in it. Pune based Divyanshu Ganatra is a prime example of this mantra. He recently became the first visually challenged person in India to successfully complete the tandem bicycle expedition on the complex terrain from Manali to Khardung La. This expedition was a part of an ongoing annual expedition organized by Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF) in association with Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd. Divyanshu and his partner Gagan Grover, a software professional completed this 550km expedition in 8 days, which usually takes 11 days to complete.
Giant Starkenn played a huge role in the journey, by providing all the equipment needed, including the technical products for the expedition. The main objective of the journey was to introduce tandem cycling as a sport, considering it is not as well known in India. Starting with this expedition Giant Starkenn along with Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF) aims to promote this sport for more people to step in, and help the disabled to experience long distance cycling.
An excited Pravin Patil, Managing Director & CEO, Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd said, “I am thrilled to see Divyanshu’s achievement against the odds that he has faced and the incredible stories he has to share. We are delighted that there has been so much interest in the sport. We at Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd. have always extended our support to athletes with disability and want to see them making it big on international platforms like Paralympics.”
Mr. Divyanshu Ganatra, India’s 1st visually challenged tandem cyclist and founder of Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation (ABBF) stated that the foundation believes in Nelson Mandela’s words- ‘Sports has a power to change the world.’ He further said, “Sports has the power to unite people from different walks of life under one roof. My agenda behind this journey was to break the stereotype that disabled people are incapable of participating in sports. Another reason to undertake this journey was to create awareness about this sport in India so that our tandem bicycle team can participate in 2020 Paralympics. With the help of Starkenn we aim to empower cycling community and train individuals for the 2020 Paralympics. For the training assistance we are already in touch with the Paralympic Committee of India.”
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