Nir Bahadur Gurung

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para sports during his time at the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre in Pune, India.
Why this sport?
"The army provided coaches for all sorts of games. And since I was not literate, I thought why not use my strength and take part in wheelchair races. So I used the huge compound, racing from one corner to the other."

General interest

Impairment
He was left paralysed in January 1983 following an accident while he was serving in the army. His unit were transporting live ammunition when the driver of the truck lost control. The vehicle overturned, which resulted in ammunition boxes falling on top of him. He sustained a crushed spine, a fractured skull and multiple arm fractures. Four soldiers in his unit lost their lives in the accident. "I was told that I had eight major fractures. I could not move and was in excruciating pain all the time. I was not told that my spine had been totally damaged and since I could not feel much of my body as all of it was covered by plaster, I did not realise that I would never walk again." (mid-day.com, 10 May 2014; indiatoday.intoday.in, 15 Jun 1994)
Other information
ARMY
He was a member of the Gorkha regiment in the Indian Army at the time of his accident in 1983. (mid-day.com, 10 May 2014)