2nd NATIONAL PARA BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS- 2018
Date: 23rd-25th March, 2018
Venue: Sunbeam School, Lahartara, Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
Description: Para badminton has gained popularity worldwide and will be an official sport for the first time at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020. In India, people with physical impairment is opting for badminton as a mean to break the shackles of disability. With the increase in number of athletes in this sport, National Badminton Championships is being organised to boost the confidence of the athletes and give them a competitive exposure.
Organised by Uttar Pradesh Para Badminton Association under the aegis of Para Badminton Association, the National Para Badminton Championships 2018 will be held from 23rd-25th March at Varanasi. Around 200 participants from across India will compete in six different categories- Wheelchair 1, Wheelchair 2, Standing Lower 3, Standing Lower 4, Standing Upper 5 and Short Stature 6.
The tournament is of extreme importance for Indian athletes. World No 1 in Women’s Para Badminton Parul D Parmar is one of the primary attractions of the tournament. Parul was a part of the Indian Para Badminton team that recently created history by winning 11 medals at the BWF Para Badminton World Championship in the UK. Representing in the Standing Lower 3 category, she is taking this tournament as her preparatory ground for 2020 Paralympics.
Another bright woman player representing the Standing Lower 3 category is Manasi Joshi. Manasi played badminton from an early age and it is this game that helped her to rehabilitate after her fatal accident. She continued her game with utmost passion and eventually turned out to be one of the top para badminton players from India.
The men’s division will have players like Suhas L Y, Tarun Dhillon and Anand Kumar in Standing Lower 4, Manoj Sarkar and Pramod Bhagat in Standing Lower 3, Rajkumar and Rakesh Pandey in Standing Upper 5, Raja Magothra and Mark Dharmai in Short Stature 6, Prem Ale and Suresh Karki in Wheelchair.
This year is only the 2nd year of this tournament. But the kind of response that it has got proves the excitement and zeal of the players. The results of the tournament will be available live on http://www.tournamentsoftware.com
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
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