Bangalore: After being chosen for the prestigious Padma Shri award, wheelchair tennis star Boniface Prabhu on Sunday hoped to get clearance from the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
“I hope PCI takes note of my achievements including the Padma Shri award and selects me to represent India at Rio Olympics,” he told PTI here.
PCI is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.
After participating at Atlanta Paralympics in 1996, Boniface has not participated in any of the paralympics ever since, despite being the highest-ranked Indian player.
“If PCI allows me to compete in Rio Paralympics, I will do my best to win a gold and do my country proud,” Boniface said.
Boniface is the first Indian wheelchair tennis player to reach the semifinals and finals of the major grand slam wheelchair tennis championships including Australian Open, British Open, French Open and US Open.