Age or physical disability is not a yardstick for success and capabilities. This empowering truth has been proved in action as two elderly wheelchair-bound Indian women complete five km run in UAE on Friday. As reported by Khaleej Times, Kusum Bhargava, 86-year-old and Eiswari Amma 78-years-old participated in the five-km run in Dubai and successfully completed while riding on their wheelchairs.

Key Takeaways:

  • Two elderly and wheel chair-bound Indian women successfully completed a five-km run in Dubai.
  • Kusum Bhargava, 86 was one of the two participants and the oldest participant of the run.
  • Eiswari Amma, 78, ran with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren who pushed her wheelchair to the finish line.
  • Both Amma and Bhargava expressed their joy at the accomplishment and gratitude to their supportive families.

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Eiswari Amma, a resident of Sharjah, a city in UAE, participated with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. They pushed her wheelchair throughout the race and helped her to touch the finish line.

Kusum Bhagava, the oldest participant

Kusum Bhargava who was the oldest participant was elated after completing the run. She said that she had a wonderful experience throughout the run. Further, she said to Khaleej Times, “I met so many people who came and took photos with me. I completed the five-km distance and all the credit goes to my daughter-in-law.”

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Eiswari Amma

Eiswari Amma, a resident of Sharjah, a city in UAE, participated with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. They pushed her wheelchair throughout the race and helped her to touch the finish line. Amma expressed her joy at the accomplishment and heartfelt gratitude to the family members to stick by her side till the end.

The golden girls of Dubai Run. Image credit: bhaskar.com

Besides, Amma could not stop speaking in the awe of the places she visited during her run. She said to Khaleej Times, “My son would always take us to Dubai and show us the Sheikh Zayed Road lined with beautiful buildings. Today, when we were actually on the road on foot, it was truly amazing.” Appreciating the architectural beauty of Dubai, she further said, “I couldn’t help but marvel the architecture of the amazing buildings, especially the upcoming Museum of the Future.”

Amma appreciates the run and other such events:

Further, Amma also appreciated the initiative of such social events that bring people and families across culture and nationalities on the same ground. She said, “This is an amazing initiative where not only we get to enjoy fitness activities with our families, but we also got to see so many people of different nationalities. I have never experienced such a multi-cultural gathering before. It was absolutely wonderful.”

“I met so many people who came and took photos with me. I completed the five-km distance and all the credit goes to my daughter-in-law.” – Kusum Bhargava

Amma and Bhargava are an inspiration:

The accomplishment of Amma and Bhargava is yet another example of defying the omnipresent boundaries of age and disabilities. It reinstates the individual ability as the greatest power. It also shows the importance of family support to increase the possibility of transcending the stereotypes and limitations of society.

Picture Credit: Indiatimes

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Rudrani Kumari is an intern with SheThePeople.TV. 

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