An expedition team of six wheelchair users created a record of sorts by travelling 2000 km and performing Yoga at a height of 14,300 feet at Pangong Lake.
The team travelled 2,000 km by their hand-operated cars/adapted vehicles and reached Pangong Lake on the tenth day to spread awareness about disability and to promote Divyang cricket in India. Yogacharya Prashant Shukla, founder of Prayag Arogyam Kendra, Babita Maurya and Archana Patel along with the team of differently-abled cricket officials and wheelchair cricket players from different parts of the country connected online to perform Yoga.
Ravikant Chauhan, Member of BCCI's Differently-abled Cricket Committee joined from Delhi along with Joint Secretary and former Indian Air Force pilot, Sqn Ldr Abhai Pratap Singh (Retd.), Vijay Singh Bisht - former Indian wheelchair cricketer, Gopal Krishna Ojha - CEO of Wheelchair Cricket India Association, Vir Singh Sandhu - Captain of Punjab cricket team and Disability rights activist Sunil Mangal joined from Pangong Lake. Wheelchair cricketers from all over the country also participated in the Yoga Day in which Indian Wheelchair Cricket Captain Somjit Singh joined from Lucknow, Mumbai Wheelchair Cricket Team Captain Rahul Ramugade, Gujarat Wheelchair Cricket Team Captain Bhima Kunti, Karnataka Wheelchair Cricket Team Captain Shiv Prasad joined from their respective states to support the Expedition Team in Ladakh in celebration of International Day of Yoga.
Sqn Ldr Abhai Pratap Singh (Retd) said, "We Divyangjan are completing this arduous 4000-plus Kilometre 16-day Disability Awareness Expedition from Lucknow to Ladakh by driving our own cars. Today our team reached Pangong Lake and performed yoga at an altitude of 14,300 feet on the occasion of International Yoga Day. To motivate our Expedition Team, our wheelchair cricketers also joined us online from their respective states."
The expedition team reached Kargil on June 16 and met Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, member of Parliament from Ladakh who appreciated their efforts for raisinhg awareness about disability in Ladakh region. The team of Divyangjan will return to Lucknow on June 27 after completing their 4,000 km disability awareness expedition.