Odia Para-Athlete Breaks World Record For Greatest Distance On Wheelchair

Bhubaneswar: The world record for maximum distance covered by a person with disability on wheelchair was broken by Puri’s Kamal Kanta Nayak during a 24-hour event held over Saturday and Sunday in the Capital City.

“The to and fro distance from Rajmahal to Master canteen is approximately 1.14 km is the lap for super ultra-marathon. Kamal covered 43 kms in 4 hours, 89 kms in 9 hours, 118 kms in 12 hours, 165 kms in 18 hours, 183 kms in 20 hours,” the organisers said.

Earlier, Mario Trinidad from Portugal was holding the world record for covering the maximum distance in a manual wheelchair. He had covered 182.4 kms.

The 24-hour event was inaugurated at 4:30 pm on Saturday. Nayak targets to cover 220 kms at the end of 24 hours.

The event was supported by Sports Secretary Vineel Krishna, Deputy Chairman Planning Board, Sanjay Dasburma, MLA Ananta Jena, State Disability Commissioner Sulochana Das, HoD, Physiotherapy NIRTAR, PP Mohanty, and Ollywood Actor Sabyasachi Mishra.

Puri MP Pinaki Mishra, Secretary Odisha State Wheelchair Basketball Association Durga Prasad Pattanaik, and Spokesperson of Better Life Foundation Sagarika Dubey spoke and motivated Nayak.

A motivational session, chaired by ICAI Bhubaneswar Chairperson Biswaranjan Sutar, Senior CA Prashant Sekhar Panda, Founder Board Member of Odisha State Wheelchair Basketball Association Manoranjan Mishra (Editor Kanak News), Chairperson Better Life Foundation Durga Prasad Pattanaik, and Mobility Partner Siddharth Daga from Neo Motion, was held.

“We show immense gratitude to all the mentioned persons, departments and institutions who have supported us in this journey, without their gracious support this would have been really impossible. I thank the media persons for their wonderful coverage and publicity to take this event to global forum,” said Nayak.