Three more para-commuters qualify for Tokyo Paralympic Games
Indian para-badminton players Pramod Bhagat, Tarun Dhillon and Krishna Nagar qualified for the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Tuesday.
All three secured their respective places for the Tokyo Paralympic Games due to their current impressive world rankings. The Paralympic Games will be held after the Tokyo Olympics which are scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
Along with Palak Kohli (Punjab) and Parul Parmar (Gujarat), so far a total of five athletes have received Para badminton invitations from the World Badminton Federation (BWF).
“The BWF is pleased to inform the Indian Badminton Association (BAI) and the Indian Paralympic Committee (IPC) that all three players are invited to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games for the badminton competition,” said a BWF press release issued Tuesday.
The badminton world governing body has asked BAI and PCI to accept the invitation and confirm their participation as soon as possible.
“Please confirm acceptance of these venues through your National Paralympic Committee by Monday June 14, 2021,” the BWF statement added.
Indian para badminton team coach Gaurav Khanna was very happy with the qualification of three other Indian players.
“This is certainly very good news for us. Palak Kohli and Parul Parmar were the first Indian para-badminton players to qualify for the Paralympics last month. Pramod Bhagat, Tarun Dhillon and Krishna Sagar fully deserved their qualification because they are among the best players in the world in their respective categories, ”said Gaurav Khanna.
He also said two or three more para-badminton players are expected to qualify before the deadline for the second week of July.
“We hope to get two or three more places for the Paralympic Games. If that happens, we can send a great team to Tokyo. It will also send a strong message to all para-athletes across the country that if they work hard they can accomplish a lot. I am sure that after the Paralympics the scenario will change completely in India when it comes to Paralympic sports, ”said Gaurav Khanna, who runs a professional badminton academy in Lucknow for para-athletes.
The five qualified athletes so far have been training in Lucknow under the direction of the national coach over the past few months.
Indian para-badminton players qualified for the Paralympic Games
1. Pramod Bhagat (Orissa)
Event: Men’s singles 3rd lower (MS SL 3)
Date of birth: June 4, 1988
Class: SL 3
2. Tarun Dhillon (Haryana)
Event: Men’s singles in lower position 4 (MS SL 4)
Date of birth: August 18, 1994
Class: SL 4
3. Krishna Nagar (Rajasthan)
Event: Men’s singles small size 6 (MS SH 6)
Date of birth: January 12, 1999
Class: SH 6