Indian para-athletes bagged a total of 13 medals at the Thailand Para-Badminton International event in Bangkok. Of the 13 medals India won, 3 were gold, 4 silvers and 6 bronze medals.
Manoj Sarkar who was a bronze medalist at the World Championships, secured his first singles title of the season.
Indian para-athletes in Thailand
India sent its largest contingent of 65 members for the Para-badminton International event in Bangkok. With the hopes to increase chances to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the Indian contingent surely made the nation proud after winning a total of 13 medals at the event.
Manoj Sarkar secured his title in the SL3 category after his opponent World no.1, and fellow Indian shuttler Pramod Bhagat retired mid-way due to discomfort in his ankle and back. The two later partnered for the men’s doubles finals. However, they were defeated by Thai shuttlers Mongkhon Bunsun and Siripong Teamarrom in a 16-21, 21-8, 14-21 bout.
Manoj Sarkar has 3 World Championships titles in the doubles event and now wants to focus on his recovery and temperament in time for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
India’s ParaBadminton player @manojsarkar07 put up a great show at the 2019 Thailand Para-Badminton Tournament by winning Gold in Singles and Silver in Doubles. He is now headed to 2019 China International,which is a qualifying event for the 2020 TokyoParalympics.
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Participating in the SS6 men’s singles finals second seed Krishna Nagar fought back in the third round 21-17, 18-21, 21-17 to secure a win against Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai. However, Nagar and partner Raja Maghotra were defeated 12-21, 14-21 in the doubles finals against Hong Kong’s Man Kai and Wong Chun
Also securing a gold medal in the women’s SL3 event, Indian shuttler Parul Parmar defeated her Turkish opponent Halime Yildiz 21-12, 21-8.
“The Thailand event is among the qualifying events of the Paralympics and the strength of the Indian contingent shows how far we have come in para-badminton. There are many new players here for the first time, as well as junior and senior-level players. India’s databank of players is growing, and that is a matter of great pride,” said the Head Coach of Indian Para badminton, Gaurav Khanna.