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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Three continental Para-badminton championships suspended

Elwanda Tulloch

The three continental Para-badminton championships remaining on the 2020 calendar have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The European, Pan-American and Asian tournaments were due to be held in October and November, but now join their African counterpart in being suspended.

Irish capital Dublin was the European venue, Manizales in Colombia was due to host competition between players from the Americas and Thai capital Bangkok was slated to host the Asian tournament.

Kampala in Uganda was supposed to stage the African competition in April, but that was suspended in March.

Dublin had been due to host the European Para-Badminton Championships in October ©Getty Images
Dublin had been due to host the European Para-Badminton Championships in October ©Getty Images

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said that a decision on whether or not these tournaments would be part of the 2021 calendar was yet to be made.

Tournament hosts and continental bodies were consulted before the suspensions were decided, the BWF added, saying the health

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