Gautam Buddh Nagar (Noida) district magistrate and shuttler Suhas Yathiraj’s Paralympics run culminated in a silver medal for India on Sunday, and the trip also earned him a place in the annals of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
Suhas, 38, who was defeated by his 23-year-old French top rival Lucas Mazur in a thriller of a final, became the only IAS officer to not only compete in the Paralympics, but also win a medal.
“Congratulations Suhas LY, IAS, DM GB Nagar (Noida) for winning the silver medal in the men’s singles SL4 para-badminton at the Tokyo Paralympics. We and the whole nation are proud of you,” the IAS Association, a group serving and retired central administrative officers, tweeted.
The IAS Association tweet also carried the hashtag #Cheer4Suhas, a trending social media buzzword to rally support for Mr Yathiraj during the showpiece along with #Cheer4India.
The Indian Police Service (IPS) Association also issued a congratulatory message to the Karnataka-born UP cadre IAS officer, who has been at the forefront of COVID-19 pandemic management in Gautam Buddh Nagar since late March 2020.
Secretary, Secretariat of the Interstate Council of the Union Ministry of Interior, Sanjay Gupta, also praised the 2007 IAS officer for his achievement.
“Suhas wins hearts. India loses another 63 minutes of cliffhanger. He also led in the decider, but the lane change at 11-10 turned the tables. Great performance that the country is proud of. Unfortunately, second seed Tarun also loses the bronze playoff. Avani Lekhara was unable to make it to the final in the mixed event,” the senior IAS officer tweeted.
Suhas Yathiraj’s IAS and IPS colleagues in Gautam Buddh Nagar also praised his historic achievements.
Narendra Bhooshan, CEO of the Greater Noida Authority, said Suhas has made the fraternity proud, describing him as an “unprecedented” combination of service and sport.
“Every IAS officer tries to excel in public service, but Suhas has broken the barrier and also excelled in sports, including in Paralympic games. He has proven that mental toughness helps to break through all barriers and you can reach the top” , the senior IAS officer told me. PTI.
“Suhas has been the role model for many Indians, athletes and, more importantly, specially skilled people,” said Mr Bhooshan.
Noida Police Commissioner Alok Singh tweeted: “Well done Suhas LY, you fought like a champion, made us all proud of your bravery.”
IAS officer and former Gautam Buddh Nagar DM Brajesh Narain Singh said in his congratulatory note to Suhas on Twitter: “A great achievement for the country, the state, the services and Gautam Buddh Nagar.”
The unseeded Suhas finished his campaign with a historic silver medal after taking on France’s top class Lucas Mazur in the SL4-class men’s singles final on Sunday at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The IAS officer, who has a disability in one of his ankles, put in an entertaining performance before narrowly defeating two-time world champion Mazur 21-15 17-21 15-21 in a 62-minute top match.
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