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Para-Badmiton Star Manasi Joshi Inspiring India

Chetana HP

03rd November 2020

Sports- The inspirational para-badminton world champion Joshi is now eyeing Paralympic gold in Tokyo next year.

Manasi Joshi’s Facebook post dated October 11, 2020 (Source- Yahoo)

India’s Manasi G Joshi, now the para-athlete and badminton player from Mumbai, lost her left leg in a horrific motorcycle accident but found her calling and international recognition on the badminton court.

Joshi, who won gold at the Para-Badminton World Championships last year, has now been named among ‘Next Generation Leaders’ has been featured on the cover of Time magazine Asia edition as a ‘Pioneering athlete’ is aiming for Paralympic gold when badminton debuts in Tokyo next year.

The 23-year-old athlete and software engineer, was involved in a road accident that led to her left leg’s amputation in 2011. But the accident couldn’t damage her spirit, and the young woman was determined to build her strength by playing her favorite sport, badminton.

A new challenge awaits Joshi as covid has delayed Paralympics in Japan. She will be participating in the mixed doubles and women’s doubles field, as no singles events will be played. She is currently training with her brother and coach Kunjan Joshi six days a week and is focusing on boosting her strength and stamina.

In one of her interviews, Joshi said that she started playing badminton at the age of six. From then on, every step of her quest for qualification would be her family, notably her brother and coach Kunjan Joshi, who is working hard to change the whole script of her life and make sure that she gives her 100 per cent.

(Sources- The Scroll)

Edited by- Sravanthi Neralla

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