Indian para badminton player Manasi Joshi is in full strength to convert her World Championship performance and result to the Paralympics when the sport makes its return.
She has diverted all her energy to qualify for the Paralympic games where she hopes to pair up with Rakesh Pandey for mixed doubles category apart from singles event.
@joshimanasi11 International @parabadmintonIN Player #StayFitChallenge Motivational Video during #Covid19 Lockdown #StayHomeSaveLives #IndiaFightsCoronaVirus @KirenRijiju @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @DeepaAthlete @parsonsandrew @Paralympics @asianparalympic @swamiiii @IamArhanBagati pic.twitter.com/Dtfwy4pERS
— Paralympic India (@ParalympicIndia) April 6, 2020
“I am happy that we have one more year to train and do better,” she said.
“I hope that new tournaments will be added by Badminton World Federation as qualifying tournaments for Tokyo 2020. We have one whole year before Paralympic Games, nobody can say that the same set of players will remain at the top and in the next year many players can better their skills and may also become the best. I think this will be very crucial for everyone.”
And that's what I had wished for in April 2014 according to my sister.
To perfect my walk, reduce body weight that I had gained post amputation, and play badminton at National and International level.
I can't believe I perfected my walk and became a world champion too. pic.twitter.com/ItwRn62eTI
— Manasi Nayana Joshi (@joshimanasi11) March 28, 2020
“My academy is closed, and I am now at my parents’ doing workouts at home. I am in touch with my trainer, dietitian and mind coach who are helping me adapt the training routine – considering the current situation – and to keep my morale high. I cannot replicate my training and gym routine, but I am taking this time off to understand myself better,” she said while talking to The Paralympic.
With the academy being closed, Manasi has to train and practice at home.