Reigning world para-badminton champion Manasi Joshi is using the prolonged spell of no competitive action to master a new blade.
India’s Joshi had to have her left leg amputated following a road accident in 2011, but is now gearing up for next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo where para-badminton will make its debut.
The Games was scheduled to take place this summer only to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But, speaking to The Times of India, Joshi is looking to make the most of the situation by getting used to a prosthetic leg designed for Para-athletes.
The 31-year-old, who won gold at the 2019 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel, has been walking with the blade and hopes to be able to start running later this month.
“Running was part of my daily schedule before I met with an accident,” Joshi said.