A Paralympian and an Arjuna Awardee, Amit Kumar Saroha suffered a car accident when he was 22, causing him to become a quadriplegic due to compression of the spinal cord. Before his injury, Amit was a national level hockey player. However, his tryst with fame as a sportsperson happened after his injury when he met Jonathan Sigworth, an American wheelchair rugby player on a tour of India to promote para sports. Wheelchair rugby introduced Amit to the world of para sports and he joined Sigworth to promote wheelchair rugby across India.
While playing in a demonstration match of wheelchair rugby with a Brazilian team, he met several para athletes from across the world and learnt of the official Paralympic category under which athletes with injuries like his compete in (F-51). Amit decided to take training in sports which require upper body strength and started competing in throw ball and discus throw; he has not looked back since.
In 2013, Amit was honoured with the Arjuna Award and today he is not only a sports champion, but also a role model and an inspiration for differently-abled individuals in India. Amit finished 4th at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in the Club Throw event, narrowly missing out on a medal. He also witnessed some of his protégés Rinku, Dharambir and Ram pal, display commendable performances at the Games.
Amit returned from competing at the 2017 IPC World Para Athletics Championships in London, where he recorded a personal best throw of 30.25m, an Asian Record and clinched the silver medal along the way - his second at a World Championships.
- Gold Medal in Tunisian World Para Athletics Grand Prix, 2018
- Silver Medal at the IPC World Para Athletics Championships, 2017 (Asian Record)
- Finished 4th in Club Throw at the Paralympics in Rio, 2016