It’s been an amazing couple of days for Indian sports with players dominating the world with their spirit and talent. Shuttler PV Sindhu became the first Indian to become the World Badminton Champion. Sumit Nagal took the US Open tennis court by storm and won the first set against Roger Federer! The Indian para-badminton team also won 12 medals at the BWF World Championships – 3 Golds, 4 Silvers & 5 Bronze medals!
Shuttler Pramod Bhagat beat England’s Daniel Bethell to clinch the men’s singles title in the SL3 category. He also took gold in the men’s doubles SL3-4 category with partner Manoj Sarkar.
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Congratulations!!@PramodBhagat83 and @manojshuttler winning Gold 🥇in #Para_badminton_world_championships for our country.
You people are our #Real_Hero.
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— PATITAPABAN LENKA – Youth icon ❄ (@PATITAPABANLEN2) August 27, 2019
According to The Times of India, the SL3 category is for athletes with minor standing/lower limb impairment and SL4 is meant for players with more severe conditions.
30-year-old Manasi Joshi also won her maiden gold by beating Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 in the women’s singles SL3 category in Basel, Switzerland.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) August 27, 2019
Manasi met with an unfortunate road accident back in 2011 which left her severely injured and crushed her leg. The Hindu quoted her saying,
“It feels great to be called a World champion. Never easy for any athlete and more so for someone like me who had to face adversity on all fronts to script this golden moment in my career.”
She further added,
“It was great to be treated on par with the regular players and I hope life will change, after having sacrificed everything for this golden moment, in terms of better recognition and support, especially like getting world-class equipment to chase my dream of winning a gold in Paralympics and the next Asian Games.”
Desi Twitter hailed the para-badminton team and applauded their victories that made the nation proud.
They are the stars of India✌ Let's salute our Para-Badminton players who brought laurels for India. Today, Sports Ministry took a decision to handover the cash money to every player at the time of arrival itself which would amount upto 20 lakhs per athlete. pic.twitter.com/kBFNTerNbD
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 27, 2019
— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) August 28, 2019
Manasi Joshi .. Wins World championship.. para badminton gold medal for India ! Let us Congratulate her along with PV Sindhu as she deserve same respect recognition rewards too
It's a double whammy for India !!! She deserves more accolades than seen so far !! pic.twitter.com/HmMEc0YjY1
— Arun Pandey (@ArunPandey99) August 27, 2019
Congratulations to Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar for winning a #gold in men's doubles event at BWF para #BadmintonWorldChampionships. Superb achievement! Very proud of the duo. pic.twitter.com/wwKNfhHYLV
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 25, 2019
— Dinesh Purohit (@Imdineshpurohit) August 26, 2019
Another Indian woman made us proud yesterday at Basel, Switzerland is – Manasi Joshi who clinched her gold in BWF Para Badminton World Championship ✌ pic.twitter.com/fafVIyjjAa
— Nayan Kumar (@NayanSorath) August 26, 2019
Congratulations to Umesh Kumar for winning a Bronze medal in Men’s Doubles at the Total Badminton World Federation (@bwfmedia) Para-Badminton World Championship 2019. Umesh, our employee, represented India in the prestigious international tournament.
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— Tata Steel (@TataSteelLtd) August 27, 2019
We wish our star players all the very best for the upcoming Asian Games and the Paralympics. You are an inspiration for us all!