Suryo Nugroho is an Indonesian badminton athlete who is ready to make the nation proud at the 2022 ASEAN Para Games on 30 July-6 August 2022 / Photo: MPI
Suryo Nugroho was actually born normal. But in 2006 he had an accident that required his left hand amputated. Suryo is one of Indonesia’s mainstay badminton athletes. The Surabaya-born player plays in the men’s singles sector.
A number of achievements have been achieved. Starting from winning a gold medal and two silver medals at the 2018 Indonesian Asian Para Games to winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. But behind these glittering achievements, his life is full of obstacles.
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Suryo said that before the accident that happened to him in 2006, he had become an athlete and joined the Hi-Qua Wima club in Surabaya. “Before I was an athlete. The U12 runner up in the 2005 Surabaya International Cup joined the Hi-Qua Wima club,” Suryo said to MNC Portal Indonesia, Wednesday (27/7/2022).
Suryo said that the accident that happened to him required that his left hand be amputated. At that time, he was 11 years old. He also had time to decide to vacuum from the world of feathers for up to three years.
In 2009, Suryo started to wake up when he learned that there was a special sport for people with disabilities. His enthusiasm was so passionate that he finally won a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
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Suryo admitted that winning the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic bronze medal was his best achievement. “I was actually born normal, but in 2006 I had an accident that required me to lose my left hand to be amputated. Then after the accident I had a vacuum for about 3 years,” he said.
“Started back to badminton in 2009 because I got news that there was a special sport for disability in the NPC. After that I started to get excited again to get back up. My journey to get bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics was very long. Starting from zero in 2009 with different conditions was quite difficult So in my opinion the bronze is my greatest achievement,” concluded Suryo.