Manasi Joshi is now aiming for next year’s Paralympics and said she is focusing on mixed doubles as SL3 category which is not part of the Tokyo Games.

Manasi Joshi on Sunday earner her first gold medal in the World Championship at Basel in Switzerland by beating champion Parul Parmar on 21-12, 21-7 in the women’s singles SL3 category.

However, Joshi is aware that she doesn’t have a singles event at the next year’s Tokyo Paralympics, and hence is concentrating on the mixed doubles category to make it to the quadrennial event.

Joshi commented to PTI, “I don’t have a singles event at the Paralympics, unfortunately. But I am training for the mixed doubles with my partner Rakesh Pandey and the current ranking is 13 and we need to be in the top six( to qualify). So we are working to make sure that our ranking gets better.”

Manasi Joshi who trains three sessions a day at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, feels shuttlers from Indonesia, Thailand , Japan and Germany will pose a challenge in their pursuit for a Paralympic qualification.

She lost her left leg in a road mishap in 2011. Had previously won bronze in the 2017 edition and described the current win as one of her biggest achievements.

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