Know About India’s Most Experienced Para Badminton Player, Parul Parmar’s Bio, Coach, Training, Career Achievements and More


Know About India’s Most Experienced Para Badminton Player, Parul Parmar’s Bio, Coach, Training, Career Achievements and More

Parul Parmar

India will be sending its largest ever contingent to the Tokyo Paralympics this year, with the hopes of carrying forward the momentum from the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics. As Para-Badminton makes its debut at the Paralympics this year, India’s strong squad of 7 shuttlers hope to make it to the podium, creating history.

ADVERTISEMENT

One of the most experienced para badminton players from India, Parul Parmar, secured her place at the Tokyo Paralympics in the doubles event, along with her partner Palak Kolhi. With a vast amount of experience on her hands, and over 8 years of International experience, Parmar is hoping to make it to the top of the podium in the women’s doubles this year.

Who is Parul Parmar’s Doubles Partner and Coach?

Parmar with her doubles partner Palak Kolhi and coach Gaurav Khanna
Parmar with her doubles partner Palak Kolhi and coach Gaurav Khanna

Parul entered the women’s doubles category at the Tokyo Olympics with Palak Kolhi. The duo is the oldest-youngest duo at the Paralympics, with Parmar being 48 years old and Kolhi being only 19. The pair have won four international titles since 2019, and are currently ranked 6th in the world.

They will be competing in the women’s SL3-SU5 women’s doubles event at the Tokyo Paralympics. The pair is training at Gaurav Khanna Excellia Badminton Academy, Lucknow under their coach and India’s national coach Gaurav Khanna.

ADVERTISEMENT

Know More About Parul Parmar’s Parents

Parul Parmar presented with the Arjuna Award
Parmar presented with the Arjuna Award

Parmar was born on 20th March 1973 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. She was diagnosed with Poliomyelitis at the age of 3, and had an injury the same year which took a long time to heal. Her father was a state level badminton player, and Parmar started going to the local club to practice with him.

As she developed interest in the game, she started playing with the local neighbours as well, and was noticed by coach Surendra Parekh, who convinced her to play professionally.

All of Parul Parmar’s Achievements

Parul Parmar's Achievements
Parul Parmar’s Achievements

The former world no. 1 took home her first major international medal in 2010 at the Asian Para-Games, where she was the only Indian to win a medal in para badminton as she clinched the bronze medal in women’s singles.

Her next medal at the Asian Para Games came in 2014, where she stormed onto the scene at took home a gold medal in the women’s SL3 Singles category, and a silver medal in the SL3–SU5 mixed doubles category with her partner Raj Kumar.

ADVERTISEMENT

In 2015, she won two medals at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships. She took home the elusive gold medal in the mixed doubles category, and a silver medal in the SL3-SU5 women’s doubles with Manasi Joshi. In 2017 she took home 2 gold medals in the World Championships, one in the women’s singles event and the other in the women’s doubles event with her Japanese partner Akiko Sugino.

The 2018 Asian Para Games saw her take the gold medal in the women’s singles category, as well as another gold in the 2018 Thailand Para-Badminton International.

She was also presented with the Arjuna Award in 2009 by the Government of India, as well as the Ekalavya Award by the Government of Gujarat.

Also read: Which New Sports Have Been Included at Tokyo Paralympics 2020?

ADVERTISEMENT