India had a world champion in Basel (Switzerland) even before the whole nation trained its attention on champion shuttler, P.V. Sindhu, taking on Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final on Sunday.
For, 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 pick her maiden title in Para World badminton championship at the same venue where the big guns like Sindhu, Kento Momota are all in action.
India claimed a total of 12 medals in the Para Badminton World Championships this year. But there hasn’t been a lot hue and allege about? Why no longer give credit ranking where its due?
Certainly, Sukant Kadam, who accomplished with bronze on the championship, might perhaps no longer help but tweet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had tweeted photos of himself with PV Sindhu.
Honorable @narendramodi sir,— Sukant Kadam (@sukant9993) 27 August 2019
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@PramodBhagat83 @joshimanasi11 @manojshuttler @GauravParaCoach https://t.co/1zCqE91VAh
Being the epitome of sportsmanship, Manasi Joshi had tweeted after Sindhu’s win:
Tournament update: Wonderful few days at the BWF Para-badminton World Championships. Stoked to have won the Gold with exactly #1YearToGo for #Tokyo2020 Paralympics.— Manasi Nayana Joshi (@joshimanasi11) 25 August 2019
Also, PV Sindhu, you are GOAT! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/njB3XhNcVP
People weren’t somewhat pleased. While some claimed that Indians have continuously been biased towards the differently abled, some entreated others to discover an even time Joshi’s victory the manner they did Sindhu’s. Have a look at what they had to relate:
Manasi Joshi deserves the same respect and attention like PV Sindhu from the govt, stars and public. Salute to her. https://t.co/2VxyNgsbw8— Varinder Bansal ?? (@varinder_bansal) 27 August 2019
In the high of PV Sindhu getting Gold in world championship, we forgot to wish Manasi Joshi, who won Gold in World Para Badminton championship! pic.twitter.com/zGSxKWew56— Anjali Dwivedi/Reva (@BeingReva) 27 August 2019
— Prabhas (@Mirchi_Prabhas) 27 August 2019
Yes Manasi Joshi, Sai Praneeth and PV sindhu.. all should get equal praise and attention/recognition 🙂 https://t.co/8gDWuyXXcZ— Singh That Sings #20xZoom (@pure_singh) 27 August 2019
https://t.co/S6x3cpwEGl— Ananth Rupanagudi (@rananth) 26 August 2019
While we may all be elated at #PVSindhu winning #BadmintonWorldChampionship, let’s spare a thought for the Para badminton world champion, Manasi Joshi, who too won the gold medal for the country at Basel! #badminton
@narendramodi Respected Sir aapse ek request hai jaise aapne p v sandhu ji ka samman kiya hai waise hii inka bhi kariye please.. .. Manasi Joshi .. Wins World championship.. para badminton gold medal for India ! Let us Congratulate her along with PV Sindhu as she deserve same pic.twitter.com/KIHQ6osEPn— mukul bhasin (@mukulbhasin8) 27 August 2019
Manasi Joshi too won gold in para badminton… Trains also at Gopichand academy. So it’s a grand double! But no big news about this. She did before #PVSindhu Won the Gold Medal @ABPNews & @AUThackeray can we give her credit which she deserve? #JaiMaharashtra pic.twitter.com/VAy8uEuNx3— Yash Mane (@FreakyTanker) 27 August 2019
In the high of PV Sindhu getting Gold in world championship, we forgot to wish Manasi Joshi, who won Gold in World Para Badminton championship! pic.twitter.com/qVCMyCvsTN— Ushy Mohan Das (@UshyMohanDas) 27 August 2019
We are hoping maybe next time, all athletes making India proud will discover the dignity and credit ranking they deserve.