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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Bhagat sets his sights on Tokyo Paralympic badminton gold

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Pramod Bhagat
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Dubai: India’s Paralympic badminton ace Pramod Bhagat has two main objectives heading into next year’s Tokyo Games. One is, of course to win a medal in his SL3 category, while the other is to meet his idol and hero, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

“A Paralympic medal will fulfil two of my dreams at the same time,” Bhagat said in an interview to the official Asian Paralympic Committee (APC).

“Tendulkar is my idol and he met the Olympic and Paralympic medallists of Rio 2016 and congratulated them. I hope I can meet him next year after the Tokyo 2020 Games with a Paralympic medal around my neck.”

Seen as a nightmare for many a sportsperson, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the 32-year-old Indian.

Bhagat, a world No. 1 and the reigning world champion in SL3 singles and

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Badminton: Nagahara, Matsumoto set for Tokyo Olympics as Takahashi retires

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Mayu Matsumoto, left, and Wakana Nagahara of Japan, who won the women’s doubles title at the 2019 world badminton championships in Basel, Switzerland, attend a press conference at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Aug. 27, 2019, upon their return from the trip. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese women’s doubles badminton pair Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto all but punched their tickets to the postponed Tokyo Games next summer after Rio de Janeiro Olympic champion Ayaka Takahashi announced her retirement on Wednesday.

Nagahara and Matsumoto, the winners of back-to-back world championships in 2018 and 2019, are set to follow Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in claiming one of Japan’s two berths. Their world No. 2 ranked compatriots essentially sealed their spot in March when they won the All England Open.

Both pairs are readying to make their first Olympic appearances after Takahashi’s retirement guaranteed they will remain the two highest-ranked Japanese pairs

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