The Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma on Monday hailed the performance of Paralympic athletes from Commonwealth countries at the London 2012 Paralympics singling out India's Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda who won a silver medal in high jump.

”The accomplishments of these amazing athletes are testimony to the ability of people with disabilities. What these courageous sportswomen and men did in the various arenas of the Paralympics is a statement of strength - physical, mental and emotional strength. They have shattered barriers, and in doing so, not only breaking world records, but also achieving many personal bests in every sporting field,” he said.

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