On Day 4 of Tokyo Paralympics 2020, Table Tennis player Bhavina Patel enters the final after beating Chinese player Zhang Miao. On Saturday, she became the first Indian table tennis player to reach the final at the Paralympic Games. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took Twitter to congratulate her and wrote, “The remarkable Bhavina Patel has scripted history! She brings home a historic Silver medal. Congratulations to her for it. Her life journey is motivating and will also draw more youngsters towards sports.” 

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The whole world congratulated para-athlete Bhavina, wishes were poured from all directions. President of the nation congratulated her for exceptional achievement and tweeted, “Bhavina Patel inspires the Indian contingent and sports-lovers winning silver at #Paralympics. Your extraordinary determination and skills have brought glory to India. My congratulations to you on this exceptional achievement.”  

Paralympian Deepa Malik congratulated and wrote, “Congratulations #BhavinaPatel so amazing to win a medal at Tokyo2020 on National Sports Day. Perfect day to bring home the metal... A gift for the entire nation.”

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Congratulations to Bhavina Patel for winning the Silver. India applauds your achievement. You’ve done the nation proud.” 

Asked about the final, Bhavina said she was mentally ready for the encounter with Zhou Ying of China, to whom she had lost in her opening match in Tokyo. “I am ready mentally for that match. I will give my 100 percent in that match too,” said Bhavina. 

She thanked the people of the country, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI), the Sports Authority of India (SAI), her sponsors Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), Blind People's Association, Ahmedabad (where she learned table tennis) and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) for supporting her.

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