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PM Narendra Modi congratulates para badminton winners after tweet by medallist Sukant Kadam

While India celebrated PV Sindhu's gold and Sai Praneeth's bronze at BWF World Championships, the country also claimed 12 medals in BWF Para Badminton World Championships held in Basel, Switzerland.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 28, 2019 10:48:49 am
India claimed 12 medals in BWF Para Badminton World Championships. (Source: SAI)

While India celebrated PV Sindhu’s gold and Sai Praneeth’s bronze at BWF World Championships, the country’s athletes also won 12 medals in the BWF Para Badminton World Championships held in Basel, Switzerland. And a day after para badminton bronze-medallist Sukant Kadam tweeted at Narendra Modi asking him to meet the 12 para-medallists, the Prime Minister tweeted his congratulations.

After Sindhu was invited to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Sukant Kadam tweeted at the PM that they had also won 12 medals in the Para Badminton World Championships and said they wanted his blessings.

“Honorable @narendramodi sir, we Para Badminton Athletes also won 12 medals in Para-Badminton World Championship and we also want your blessings. Request you to allow us to meet as we missed a chance aftr Asian Games,” Sukant wrote.

A day after Sukant’s tweet, the Prime Minister tweeted, “130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para Badminton contingent, which has brought home 12 medals at BWF World Championships 2019. Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and motivating. Each of these players is remarkable!”

With the competition getting tougher and more competitive each year, India finished with 12 medals, including three golds and only narrowly falling short of their best-ever show at the tournament in 2015 when it won the same number of overall medals, of which four were golds.

Amending the policy for para-athletes to make them eligible for more cash awards, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday handed a cash reward of Rs 1.82 crore to the medallists of the Para Badminton World Championship.

As per the amended guidelines, medal winners in world events and world championships which are organised by the International Paralympic Committee, or by a respective International Sports Federation that is recognised by the International Olympic Committee, will be eligible for cash awards from the government.

It has also been decided that medal winners will be given their cash awards the day they return to the country after an international event, and will “not have to wait for a once-a-year ceremony”, as was the norm earlier.

Among the winners, World No. 1 Pramod Bhagat clinched his third title in the men’s singles SL3 category, and his second gold in this World Championships. And 30-year-old Manasi Joshi, who incidentally is another trainee at Gopi Chand Academy, clinched the gold in women’s singles SL3 final defeating World No. 1 and compatriot Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 to win her maiden title.

All the medal-winners of Para World Badminton Championships 2019:

Pramod Bhagat (Gold) in men’s singles

Manasi Joshi (Gold) in women’s singles

Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar (Gold) in men’s doubles

Parul Parmar (Silver) in women’s singles

Tarun Dhillon (Silver) in men’s singles

Nitesh Kumar and Tarun (Silver) in men’s doubles

Raja Maghotra and Krishna Nagar (Silver) in men’s doubles

Manoj Sarkar (Bronze) in men’s singles

Sukant Kadam (Bronze) in men’s singles

Krishna Nagar (Bronze) in men’s singles

Vikram Umesh (Bronze) in men’s singles

Rajkumar and Rakesh Pandey (Bronze) in men’s doubles

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