India’s Para-badminton World champion feted by Time magazine

Manasi Joshi lost her leg in an awful street mishap, yet discovered her calling — and worldwide acknowledgment — on the badminton court.

Presently the motivational World hero, who has highlighted on the front of Time magazine and has had a Barbie doll made in her picture, is focusing on Paralympic gold when the game introductions in Tokyo one year from now.

Eight years back, she was a 23-year-old programming engineer riding her bike to work in Mumbai when a truck crushed into her, devastating her left leg and breaking the two arms.

Joshi’s seriously harmed leg was excised by specialists and she confronted a long time of restoration to figure out how to walk once more.

Yet, the mishap couldn’t harm her soul and the young lady was resolved to construct her quality by playing her #1 sport, badminton.

Learning experience

“It has been a journey about learning and accepting different things,” said Joshi from Ahmedabad.

“Working hard on things that looked hard but are a new normal now. So I have come a long way.”

Five months subsequent to putting on the fake appendage, Joshi won her first gold in an office competition against capable players.

“I used more of my mind. Made people run, made sure that wherever I put the shuttle they end up giving it to my hand so that I could finish the point,” she said.

“It was a turning point after my injury and the win certainly boosted my confidence.”

Encouraged, she prepared more diligently with the help of her family and in the end quit programming designing to play badminton full-time in 2016. After two years, she joined P. Gopi Chand’s foundation in Hyderabad, and turned into an individual from India’s National para-badminton crew.

A year ago, Joshi won singles gold at the para-badminton World Championships.

Time highlighted Joshi on the front of their Asia release this month as one of eight worldwide “next generation” pioneers.

The creators of America’s popular Barbie doll commended the accomplishments of Joshi on the International Day of Girl Child on October 11 with a Barbie demonstrated on her.


“I feel honoured to be a part of all this.

“And I think this will inspire people and they will believe that everything is possible,” Joshi said, adding that there was growing acknowledgement of the achievements of differently-abled athletes.

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