In 2014, three years after a horrific accident that affected her for life, Manasi Joshi played her first international para-badminton tournament. She went in with no expectations, barely having turned pro at that point in time, but came out of the tournament with a Silver medal. Since then, every tournament that Manasi Joshi has represented India in, she has made sure to return with medals of varying colours.
Now, in 2018, Mallcom athlete Manasi Joshi is all set to represent India at the Asian Games. But the road so far has not been an easy one. In a country where sports itself have suffered the general tag of being “neglected”, para sports remains even more obscure. When Manasi first began, she had this to say about the challenged of being a para-athlete in a country like India. “The path to being a para athlete in India is strewn with crippling obstacles. We don’t have a federation, so government allocated funds never reach us. I am a World Championship medal winner. So, I am entitled to cash award from state and central government. But I am yet to receive any,” she says.
Now, at 29, Manasi is supported by both Welspun and Mallcom and has remained among India’s most consistent representatives of Parabadminton. Not only is she famed for her courage and persistence, she had made her voice heard when it comes to issues that matter. In addition to being one of the most prominent advocates for para sports, social issues are something that she has been known to stand against. She holds up her life altering accident as an example for the need for better traffic laws and control in India.
The above infographic is a testimony to the brilliance of Manasi Joshi and her glittering career. This Asian Games, she is sure to put her best foot forward in Jakarta and live up to her reputation of not walking away from tournaments without a medal.