I have turned adversity to my advantage: Manasi Joshi | Badminton News – Times of India

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PUNE: There is a subtleness in Manasi Joshi‘s voice even when she is talking about her being featured in the Time magazine cover or the Barbie doll figurine, which looks exactly like the para World Champion shuttler. There is clarity of thoughts, controlled emotions and calculated words.
This, at a time when she should be going gung-ho over her feat, but Manasi has always believed in poise. Manasi has been listed as the Next Generation Leader 2020 by Time magazine and will be seen on their Asia cover. She is the first para athlete in the world and the first Indian Athlete to make it to this list.
“I feel honoured to be listed as the NextGeneration Leader by Time.I personally think that seeing a para athlete on the cover of Time will change a lot of perceptions surrounding disability and para-sports in India as well as Asia. Also, with Barbie modelling a doll to my likeness to inspire young girls will surely help in moulding the impressionable young minds. Because the earlier we start talking about inclusion and diversity, the bigger difference we will make to the next generation” Manasi told TOI on Thursday.
Last year, Manasi had won gold at the World Championships.
A strong self-believer, Manasi feels the World Championships title is something that she has earned after years of hard work. “I think it is a big deal for me. I had trained for it for more than a year,” she says when asked about the importance of the medal. Manasi, an electronics engineering graduate, started playing badminton when she was 9. She loved the sport and continued playing with her younger brother.
A road accident in 2011, however, changed her life. She lost her left leg due to the injuries and spent almost 45 days in hospital. But as she says, she only thinks about things which are under her control.” All I can say is that I have turned my adversity to my advantage,” the 2018 Asian Games bronze medallist says. “I however would like to talk about road safety. I feel the government, the administrators should also talk about road safety,” Manasi, 31, says.
Manasi, who has spent most of her life in Mumbai, started playing badminton again in 2013. It was an inter-office tournament – which she won – that opened the doors of opportunities for Manasi. “I met another para-shuttler Neeraj George, who asked me to take up the sport at a competitive level. I would like to thank Neeraj for inspiring me at that point of time,” the current World No. 2 says.



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