Para-shuttlers Pramod Bhagat, Manasi Joshi recognised as ‘Differently Abled Sportspeople Of The Year 2020’

Pramod Bhagat and Manasi Joshi will represent India in para-badminton at the 2020 Paralympics, hosted by Tokyo from August 24 onwards.

Pramod Bhagat and Manasi Joshi
Pramod Bhagat and Manasi Joshi

India’s top-ranked para-badminton players Pramod Bhagat and Manasi Joshi have been named as the ‘Differently Abled Sportsman Of The Year 2020’ and ‘Differently Abled Sportswoman Of The Year 2020’ respectively.

The duo has been rewarded with these titles for their immense achievements recorded in 2019. The delay in this announcement was due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a release shared by the organisers, Pramod Bhagat’s remarks were also quoted.

“I am really honoured to receive the award and it has come at the right time, this award will give me a boost to perform better at the Paralympics,” Bhagat said.

“I have been training really hard and my dream is to win Gold and make India proud,” he added.

Bhagat, Joshi set to represent in india at Tokyo Paralympics

Pramod Bhagat and Manasi Joshi are all to represent India at the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics, scheduled from August 24. Bhagat, who won two gold medals and a bronze at this year’s Dubai Para-Badminton Tournament will be seen competing in the men’s singles and mixed doubles categories.

Paralympic India tweeted: “PCI is proud to share that @sportshonours recognised @PramodBhagat83 as ‘Differently Abled Sportsman Of The Year 2020’ based on his achievements in the year 2019! Keeping up his commendable performance, Pramod will also represent India at #Tokyo2020 @paralympics! #Praise4Para”

On the other hand, Manasi Joshi will be seen competing alongside Parul Parmar in the women’s doubles category. The 32-year-old has made India proud on several occasions where her latest achievement came in form of a gold medal at the 2019 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

“PCI is proud to share that @sportshonours has recognised @joshimanasi11 as ‘Differently Abled Sportswoman Of The Year 2020’ based on her achievements in the year 2019. Many Congratulations to you!” Paralympic India tweeted while congratulating Joshi.

Indian Sports Honours are annual awards (since 2017) organised by the RPSG Group in association with the Virat Kohli Foundation to reward the outstanding sports personalities of the nation.

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