Arjun Awardee and the leading World Para-Badminton player, Manoj Sarkar is the fame of Para-Badminton Academy. He is the current World No.1 Para-Badminton player in the SL-3 Classification. Trained under the supervision of Coach Gaurav Khanna, Manoj Sarkar has won a Silver medal in the BWF Para-Badminton World Championship 2017 in the men’s singles event. He suffers from a PPRP lower limb condition which arose out of wrongful medical treatment at the age of one. Manoj has won numerous accolades in the International circuit including a Men’s Singles Silver at the Thailand Para-Badminton International 2017, A Gold at the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017, a silver at the Irish Para-Badminton International 2016 and a Gold in the men’s doubles event at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2015. He also won a gold medal at the Turkish Para-badminton International Championship in May 2018. Adding to the list, Manoj Sarkar has bagged positions in Asian Para-Badminton Championships and BWF Para-Badminton world championships over the years.
Pramod Bhagat, the Arjun and Biju Patnaik Sports Awardee is one of the highest ranked players in Para-Badminton men’s singles SL3. Bhagat’s never-ending dedication and splendid playing techniques have made him win more than 45 medals at National and International Para-Badminton tournaments. Pramod Bhagat is suffering from left handedness, when he was five years old, he developed a defect on his left leg. Manoj has been playing Para-Badminton since the age of 15 and the achievements he has earned over the years are worth praising. He has won 2 Gold medals at the Basel, Switzerland – 2019, 2 Gold and 1 Silver medals at the IWAS World Games – 2019, a Gold and a Bronze medals at the 2018 Jakarta, Indonesia – 2018, a Bronze medal at the 2017 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships – 2017, 2 Bronze medals at the Para-Badminton Asian Championships – 2016, a Gold and a Silver medals at the 2015 BWF Para-Badminton World Championships – 2015 and a Bronze medal at the Badminton at the 2014 Asian Para Games – 2014.
Another gem of our academy, Sukant kadam is ranked World number 2 in the SL4 category. He made his debut at the England Para Badminton International 2014 and won his first title at the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2017. He has around 42 International medals to his credit. Following his bronze-medal win at the Asian Para Badminton Championship 2016, he was also appointed as a Taluka Sports Officer (Group-II) by the Government of Maharashtra on 10 January 2019. Kadam’s persistent hard work and enthusiasm made him achieve Shiv Chhatrapati Award – Eklavya state sports award 2017–18 that added another feather to his cap. He has won a bronze medal at BWF Para Badminton World Championships – 2019, a Gold medal at the IWAS World Games – 2019, a Bronze medal at the Asian Para Games – 2018 and a Bronze medal in MD SL3-SL4 at the Para-Badminton Asian Championships – 2016.
Manasi Girishchandra Joshi
Manasi Joshi, the pride of our academy, a athlete who is as of June 2019 World No. 2 in SL3 Singles. In December 2011, while riding her motorbike to work, she had an accident in which her leg had to be amputated. In September 2015, Joshi won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the Para-Badminton World Championship held in , England. In October 2018, she won a bronze medal for India at the Asian Para Games 2018, held in Jakarta, Indonesia and won a Bronze in women’s singles, Thailand Para-Badminton International in the same year. In August 2019, at the Para-Badminton World Championship 2019 in , Switzerland, she beat her countrywoman Parul Parma to win a gold medal.