Manasi Girishchandra Joshi

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Manasi Girishchandra Joshi
Mansi Joshi in 2020 (sq cropped).jpg
Personal information
Country India
Born (1989-06-11) 11 June 1989 (age 33)[1]
Height171 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)[2]
Medal record
Representing  India
Women Para-Badminton player
BWF Para-Badminton World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Basel Switzerland
Silver medal – second place 2015 Stoke Mandeville, England[3]
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Ulsan, South Korea[4]
Asian Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Asian Para-Badminton Championship[5]
International Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Thailand Para-Badminton International Women's singles[6]
Asian Para Games
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Women's singles[7]

Manasi Girishchandra Joshi (born 11 June 1989) is an Indian para-badminton player, the current World Champion and a changemaker.[8] She started her professional sporting journey in 2015 and in 2020, she was ranked world no. 2 in women's singles in the SL3 category.[9][10][11] On 8th of March 2022 she was ranked world no. 1 in women's singles in the SL3 category .[12]

Manasi was listed as the Next Generation Leader 2020 by TIME Magazine in October 2020 and she appeared on their Asia cover, making her the first para-athlete in the world and the first Indian athlete to be featured on the magazine's cover, for being an advocate of rights for people with disabilities.[11]

On the occasion of the International Day of Girl Child (11 October 2020), Barbie celebrated Manasi and her achievements by modelling a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll to her likeness to inspire young girls.[13] She has also been recognized by BBC as one of the 100 most inspirational & powerful women across the world in 2020 and was nominated for the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award 2020 alongside PV Sindhu, Mary Kom, Vinesh Phogat and Dutee Chand.[14][15]

Early life and background[edit]

Manasi was born in Rajkot, Gujarat and she was raised in Anushaktinagar, Mumbai. She graduated in Electronics Engineering from K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering, University of Mumbai, in 2010. Sports lover, Manasi played sports such as football and badminton through her school and college life. Joshi was six when she started playing badminton with her father, a retired scientist from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and over the years she represented her school, college and corporate at various tournaments. After finishing graduation in 2010, she worked as a software engineer until December 2011, when she met with a road accident while riding her motorbike to work, and her leg had to be amputated.[16][17][18] After 45 days of hospitalisation, Manasi got discharged from MGM hospital Vashi, Navi Mumbai.[19]

Career[edit]

During 2012-2013 after her accident, Manasi started practicing yoga, meditation and badminton to regain her fitness. She played badminton as part of her rehabilitation and another para-badminton player urged her to try out for the national team; she was selected for Asian Para-Games 2014 and played her first international tournament in Spain.[18] In 2015, Manasi along with her XD partner won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the BWF Para Badminton World Championship held in Stoke Mandeville, England.[20] In 2018, she asked Pullela Gopichand to coach her,[18] and enrolled in his badminton academy at Hyderabad.[21]

In September 2015, Joshi won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the Para-Badminton World Championship held in Stoke Mandeville, England.[22] In October 2018, she won a bronze medal for India at the Asian Para Games 2018, held in Jakarta, Indonesia. In August 2019, at the Para-Badminton World Championship 2019 in Basel, Switzerland, to win a gold medal.[18][23]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2017 - Maharashtra Rajya Eklavya Khel Krida Puraskar (Highest State honour)
  • 2019 - National award for Best Sportsperson with Disability (female)[24]
  • 2019 - Differently abled athlete of the year award at ESPN India Awards[25]
  • 2019 - Times of India Sports award for Best para-athlete of the year[26]
  • 2019 - Aces 2020 Sportswoman of the Year (Para-sports) Hindu Newspaper (Nominee)[27]
  • 2019 – BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year[15]
  • 2020 – TIME Next Generation Leader[11]
  • 2020 - BBC 100 Women[28]
  • 2020 – Forbes India, Self-made Women of 2020[29]

Medals[edit]

Major tournaments[edit]

  • 2015 medal in mixed doubles, Para-Badminton World Championships[3]
  • 2016 Bronze in women's singles & women's doubles, Para-Badminton Asian Championships[5]
  • 2017 Bronze in women's singles, Para-Badminton World Championships[4]
  • 2018 Bronze in women's singles, Thailand Para-Badminton International[16][30]
  • 2018 Bronze in women's singles, Asian Para Games 2018
  • 2019 Gold in women's singles, Para-Badminton World Championship, Basel, Switzerland[23]

Other level-1 tournaments[edit]

S.No. Championship Month + Year Category Medal
1 Peru Para-Badminton International 2020 February 2020 Women Singles SL3 Bronze
2 YONEX Canada Para-Badminton International 2019, Ottawa May 2019 Women Singles SL3 Silver
3 YONEX Canada Para-Badminton International 2019, Ottawa May 2019 Women Doubles Bronze
4 2nd Fazza - Dubai Para-Badminton International 2019, Dubai April 2019 Women Singles SL3 Silver
5 Uganda Para-Badminton International 2019, Kampala, Uganda April 2019 Women Singles SL3 Silver
6 Uganda Para-Badminton International 2019, Kampala, Uganda April 2019 Women Doubles Silver
7 Uganda Para-Badminton International 2019, Kampala, Uganda April 2019 Mixed Doubles Bronze
8 5th Turkish Para-Badminton International - ENESCUP 2019, Antlya, Turkey March 2019 Women Singles SL3 Silver
9 Australia Para-Badminton International 2018, Geelong, Australia November 2018 Women Singles SL3 Gold
10 Japan Para-Badminton International 2018, Tokyo Japan September 2018 Women Singles SL3 Gold
11 Thailand Para-Badminton International 2018, Bangkok Thailand July 2018 Women Singles SL3 Bronze
12 1st Fazza - Dubai Para-Badminton International 2018, Dubai UAE April 2018 Women Doubles Silver
13 1st Fazza - Dubai Para-Badminton International 2018, Dubai UAE April 2018 Mixed Doubles Bronze
14 Spanish Para-Badminton International 2018, Alcudia Spain March 2018 Women Singles SL3 Gold
15 Spanish Para-Badminton International 2018, Alcudia Spain March 2018 Women Doubles Silver
16 Spanish Para-Badminton International 2018, Alcudia Spain March 2018 Mixed Doubles Bronze
17 USA Para-Badminton International 2017, Colorado Springs USA October 2017 Women Singles SL3 (Playoffs) Silver
18 Japan Para-Badminton International 2017, Tokyo Japan September 2017 Women Doubles Gold
19 Spanish Para-Badminton International 2017, Alcudia Spain March 2017 Women Singles SL3 (Exhibition match) Gold
20 Spanish Para-Badminton International 2017, Alcudia Spain March 2017 Women Doubles Bronze
21 Irish Para-Badminton International 2016, Belfast, N. Ireland June 2016 Women Singles SL3 Silver
22 Irish Para-Badminton International 2016, Belfast, N. Ireland June 2016 Women Doubles Bronze

References[edit]

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