Manasi Joshi is an Indian para-badminton player who has made India proud by winning gold at the Para-Badminton World Championships. Her victory comes just days after PV Sindhu won gold at the BWF World Championship.
Basel, Switzerland: After PV Sindhu’s glory, India has more reasons to be proud as para-badminton player Manasi Joshi has also brought home her first gold at the Para World Badminton Championship.
The 30-year old defeated three-time SL3 world champion Parul Parmar with a score of 21-12, 21-7, although she opened slow with 2-7. SL3 is a para-badminton category in which players are impaired in one or both lower limbs and have poor walking or running balance.
Speaking to the Paralympic Committee of India, Manasi said, "I have trained extremely hard, training three sessions a day. The focus was on my fitness, so I also lost some weight and gained more muscle. I spent more time in the gym, working six sessions a week."
Having played para-badminton since 2015, Manasi stated that winning the gold is a dream come true.
It was in 2011 that Manasi Joshi lost her left leg in an accident after she was hit by a truck at a busy junction. She also injured her arms and sustained multiple other injuries. It took over three hours for Manasi to be transported to a hospital, and she finally made it into the operation theatre 10 hours after she met with the accident. She was in the operating room for another twelve hours and ended up with an amputated left leg due to gangrene.
She taught herself to walk with a prosthetic limb for around four months in 2012. She then participated in an inter-company badminton championship where she had previously won a gold.
This time too, she was crowned winner. This victory gave Manasi a surge in confidence, and she continued playing badminton. She also got trained in scuba diving.
Manasi decided to turn pro in 2014, when she tried out for the Para Asian Games. Although she didn’t get selected, she garnered attention. She has since won medals at various international matches.
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Last Updated Aug 28, 2019, 9:00 AM IST