At the age of 22 Veena was admitted to a hospital due to illness. Wrongful administration of an injection on her arm by the hospital staff resulted in internal infection with her arm requiring to be amputated immediately. Following the incident Veena’s husband left her and their only son to fend for themselves.
Veena had a long career in athletics even finishing 5th in discus throw at the Asian Para Games in 2014, before deciding to switch to Taekwondo. Her reason was simple, despite her event’s inclusion into the Para Asian Games, it was never a part of the Paralympics. Her first international event in Taekwondo was the 2016 Para Taekwondo Open Championship in Philippines where she won a bronze medal.
Veena who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and is the second eldest of four siblings in her family. Her family is primarily in the textile business and both her younger brothers look after their textile shop.
Owing to the uniqueness of her chosen para sport and her potential to inspire others to take up the sport, Veena was shortlisted and eventually selected for support under the GoSports Foundation Para Champions Programme 2017-18.
- Bronze medal in the Shot-put event at the IWAS Games - Para Taekwondo and Para Athletics Portugal, 2017
- Asian Para-Taekwondo Open Championship 2016, Philippines - Bronze
- Represented India at 2014 Asian Games, Incheon, in Athletics