Para-Shuttler Palak Kohli dreams to win a Paralympic medal
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India’s Para-Shuttler Palak Kohli who has already qualified for Tokyo Paralympic that is now scheduled in 2021. The teenage player started his journey in 2017 and exploded as a sudden champion in 2019. She won national para Championships and medals at BWF ranking tournaments.
This 17 year old passionate created a history in early 2020. She became the world’s youngest player to qualify for Paralympics. She plays singles, doubles and mixed doubles. In doubles, she partners with another para-champion, Parul Kumar. Their pair is currently ranked 5th in the world.
Palak has a deformed left hand from her birth but she turned this disability into a different ability. She has been working tirelessly during the lockdown for her sport. Palak is one of the few Indians who have been continuously training during lockdown. Palak dreams to stand at the podium of Paralympics and listen to her country’s national anthem.
In an interview with Times of India, Palak said that the postponement of Paralympics was disappointing for her as she had left her 12th board examinations and also participate in qualification events. She further said, “I have accepted the reality and…..I am focusing on the positives.”
She attributes her success to national para badminton coach Gaurav Khanna. She said that she stayed in Lucknow to practice when everyone went home before lockdown. She has been continuously taking 3 tough practice and training sessions each day and this has made her very strong and experienced.
Speaking about her future aspirations, Palak told that for now she has great hopes for Paralympics in 2021. She further said that she targets Paralympics of 2024 and 2028 including several BWF World Championships.
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