Pramod Bhagat Smashes His Way For A Gold Medal

Pramod Bhagat an Indian Para - Badminton player has secured a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. He won the gold medal in Men's Singles SL3 category against Britain's Daniel Bethell. Bhagat had been ranked world number one in para-badminton men's singles SL3.
September 4, 2021
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Bhagat developed a defect in his left leg when he was 5 years-old. At 13 he went to a badminton match and was fascinated with the game. Soon after he engulfed himself in badminton and played his first tournament against normal category players at 15.Pramod never stopped after that. He went on to win medals in many championships and tournaments worldwide. Pramod Bhagat Smashes His Way For A Wins Gold Medal.

He has also been awarded with The Arjuna Award by the Government of India and Biju Patnaik Award Sports Award by the state of Odisha. In the same event as Pramod Bhagat, Manoj Sarkar, an Indian Badminton player won a bronze medal for the country. Bhagat had won two golds at the BWF Para World Championships in the SL3 men’s singles and doubles categories in 2019 and is one of the most decorated players in the SL3 category.

Pramod Bhagat Smashes His Way For A Wins Gold Medal. Bhagat, born in the small town of Attabira in Odisha, was always a dreamer. “I was the quintessential honhaar baccha (dedicated child),” he had told ESPN earlier this year. “I always aspired to do my best, and I used to pick up skills pretty quickly. It was almost as if I had an in-built sportsman inside me Affected by polio at the age of five, he developed a defect in his left leg”. However, not once did that stop him from pursuing his love for sport.

As a child, he loved cricket and was a proud opening batsman in local tournaments. In his teens though, Bhagat developed a new-found liking for badminton. “It was not very popular back in the early 2000s. But I was fascinated by it.” As a 14-year-old, Bhagat would finish his studies to quickly go to a nearby playground to watch his school seniors play in makeshift outdoor courts. “When everyone would watch TV in the evenings, I would go and watch badminton,” he had said.

His dedication reaped rewards as he soon started training with them. “I had to wait a bit because I was a junior and was disabled, but once I started, everyone was impressed with my progress,” he had said. “I even became a district champion. That’s how I decided to play it professionally.”

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