PCI held a webinar with athletes as part of National Youth Day ©PCI

The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has organised a webinar with some of the nation's top athletes to mark India's National Youth Day.

Two-time Paralympic javelin champion Devendra Jhajharia and two-time world javelin champion Sundar Singh Gurjar, were among some of the top athletes at the webinar.

Badminton star Parul Parmar was also in attendance.

It was held on Tuesday (January 12) as part of National Youth Day, part-organised by Cairn Oil and Gas.

Titled "Abhipreran - A Motivational Talk by Para Athletes of India", the webinar was also attended by PCI President Deepa Malik who attended it as one of the guests of honour along with the ten athletes.

These athletes are all being supported by the Cairn Foundation under a Memorandum of Understanding between the organisation and the PCI, which started in December 2019.

"The support to 10 athletes has come at the right time when PCI is looking to make the organisation athlete-centric and work towards the promotion at grassroot level.

"It is also a great boost for the athletes who are preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

"It will enable the Para-athletes to be change makers, to be important citizens of the country who can make their country proud winning medals.

"Thus, it is their moral responsibility and accountability to do something big with their hard work and determination; make their own lives and the country better."

Devendra Jhajharia was one of those Para-athletes in attendance for the webinar ©PCI
Devendra Jhajharia was one of those Para-athletes in attendance for the webinar ©PCI

During the seminar, athletes shared their journeys in sport and spoke about the improvement of the Paralympic Movement in India.

Thanks was also given to the Cairn Foundation for its financial support.

"When an athlete wins a medal, it's not just because of his hard work but a team working behind him that includes coaches, family, sponsors etc," said Jhajharia.

"Thus, support from various corporates is also very crucial in building a champion."

At the Rio 2016 Paralympics, India had its best Games to date, winning two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.

In total, India has won four medals of each colour at the Paralympics.