Para-badminton star Manasi Joshi using blade in preparation for Tokyo 2020

Elwanda Tulloch

Manasi Joshi won gold at the 2019 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel ©@joshimanasi11

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.

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