Manasi Joshi became the first Para-badminton world champion for India as she won a gold medal in BWF Para-Badminton World Championships held in Switzerland. Joshi lost one leg in 2011 and won a gold medal in 2019. This is the inspiring story of a para-badminton champion.
You might have heard about Indian shuttler PV Sindhu who has become the first lady from India to win a gold medal in the BWF World Championships. No doubt, Sindhu deserves all the appreciation and fame she is getting, but there’s another Indian badminton player who performed the incredible. Female Para-badminton player Manasi Joshi brought honors to the country as she got the first-ever Para World Badminton Championship gold in Indian sports history.
Joshi rose successfully against three-time world champion Parul Parmar in the SL3 category.
Back in 2011, she lost one leg in a road accident after terribly colliding with a truck. She got many injuries in the collision and after hours of effort in the operation theatre, Joshi lost her one leg because of necrosis and gangrene.
The Inspiring Story of Para-Badminton Champion
The brave girl managed to walk around once again in 2012 with the help of a prosthetic leg and started her career as a para-badminton player. She competed in the inter-company badminton championship and won a gold medal and that was only the beginning of her inspiring journey in the sport.
In 2014, Joshi tried to compete in the Para Asian Games but wasn’t selected. The same year, she played her debut national-level badminton tournament and ended up getting a silver medal. She also secured 5th position in the Spanish Para-Badminton International Championship next year.
“It feels great to be called a world champion,” said Joshi.
With just one year to go in the 2020 Paralympics, Joshi has her sight set on her next target.