At the Brazil Para-Badminton International in Sao Paulo, the Indian para-badminton players showed up with an amazing performance and came back home with 10 medals. In the finals of the SL-3 men’s singles category, where Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar took part and Pramod end up winning the match.
In the Sl-3/SL-4 men’s doubles final, Pramod and his team partner Manoj took over a double crown by winning against China’s Chen Xiaoyu and Gao Yuyang.
It was Suhas Yathiraj against the top seed Lucas Mazur from France in the SL-4 men’s singles final, where Suhas won and made it three gold medals for India in this tournament.
The Head Coach of the Indian para-badminton team, Gaurav Khanna said "The highlight was Pramod’s performance but I am a bit disheartened with the performance of players in SL4 draw because all the three players who under ranking qualify for the Paralympics like Sukant, Tarun and Suhas are in the same round and just one has to go up. Players are improving consistently and we are seeing that. Suhas beat Lucas so that’s a barrier broken, making it a wonderful performance this time. Players are doing well in all categories and we have a strong presence in the finals this time".
India collected 5 silver medals at the BWF. The credit was given to Krishna Nagar, Prem Kumar, Manoj Sarkar who battled it out in the Mixed Double WH1 – WH2. Rakesh Pandey and its fellow player Rajkumar, Men’s Double SU5 and sadly Parul Parmar who came till the Women’s Single – SL3 final category but lost against Halime Yildiz.
Rajkumar-Parul Parmar in the Mixed Doubles-SU5 category and Sukant Kadam in the Men’s Single SL4 brought the rest two bronze medals for India.
At the last minute out of concerns of the Corona Virus, they had to switch the venue of the tournament which was the Brazil Paralympic Committee headquarters, among the other training places this was one of the main training places where the national teams of swimming, sitting volleyball, athletics, and table tennis.
From the Brazil Paralympic Committee headquarters, all the potential medallists were brought to at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are practicing at the Paralympic Centre. Single news of Coronavirus would be true all the players would be in a big problem.
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