Hyderabad: Indian para-badminton player Manasi Nayana Joshi won Gold at the para-badminton world championship held at Basel, Switzerland just a day before Sindhu’s final on Sunday. Joshi defeated the three-time world champion Parul Parmer(21-12, 21-7) in the final, and won her maiden Gold in the event.
The 46-year-old Parul Parmer has defeated Manasi many times earlier this year and this time too was looking for the same. However, to everyone’s surprise, Manasi turned the tables this time and won convincingly with the scoreline showing 21-12, 21-7 in her favour.
Manasi, who is playing para-badminton since 2015, won a bronze at the 2017 world championships and a silver in the mixed doubles category at the world championships held in 2015.
Notably, the Indian Para-badminton team has won 12 medals at the world championships.
Manasi took to twitter to give everyone an update on the para-badminton world championships. She wrote – “Tournament update: Wonderful few days at the BWF Para-badminton World Championships. Stoked to have won the Gold with exactly #oneyeartogofor�#Tokyo2020�Paralympics. Also, PV Sindhu, you are GOAT! Congratulations!” (sic)
Manasi looked completely elated by the win and took to Twitter to share her picture while she captioned it – “I earned it. Worked every bit for it.”
Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister of India Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to congratulate the entire Indian Para-badminton family as they won 12 medals in the tournament. “My happiness knows no bounds and it’s beyond words as I felicitated our Para-Badminton player on winning 12 Medals at World Championship. A major decision is taken by the Sports Ministry today. We will award handsome cash money to the players at the time of arrival itself,” he said.
My happiness knows no bounds and it's beyond words as I felicitated our Para-Badminton player on winning 12 Medals at World Championship. A major decision is taken by Sports Ministry today. We will award handsome cash money to the players at the time of arrival itself. pic.twitter.com/P18LawSiRf
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 27, 2019