Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik had promised to award ₹6 crore to gold medalists of the Tokyo Paralympics. Pramod Bhagat gained badminton gold in males’s singles SL3 class
By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2021 10:23 AM IST
The Odisha authorities on Wednesday introduced a money award of ₹6 crore for badminton participant Pramod Bhagat, who final week gained a gold medal within the Tokyo Paralympics in SL3 (Standing/decrease limb impairment/minor) class.
The state authorities additionally introduced a Group-A state authorities job for Bhagat, who defeated Daniel Bethell of Nice Britain 21-14, 21-17 within the males’s singles SL3 occasion on September 4.
For the primary time in Paralympics, badminton was included as an official sport. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier mentioned the state authorities will award ₹6 crore to gold medalists of the Tokyo Paralympics.
Bhagat, 32, confronted a sequence of adversities in his childhood beginning with polio on his left leg on the age of 5. Along with his father’s revenue as a driver not being sufficient to run the family, Bhagat took to working as a fan mechanic in Bargarh district after dropping out of an ITI coaching course in Hirakud as a result of poor monetary situation of his household. On the age of 13, he watched a badminton match and have become fascinated with the game. Two years later on the age of 15, he performed his first badminton event in opposition to able-bodied gamers on the district degree and even gained a district-level competitors. Then he moved in direction of para-badminton.
In paralympics badminton, there are six courses relying on the sort and severity of impairment. Bhagat was in SL3 (Standing/decrease limb impairment/minor) class during which a participant should play standing. The gamers on this class have impairment in a single or each decrease limbs and poor strolling/operating steadiness. They play standing on a half-width court docket and have decreased court docket motion however a full vary of pictures.
A 3-time world champion, Bhagat can play equally effectively in each the singles and the doubles format of the game. Pramod was among the many 5 para-badminton gamers to have been shortlisted by the Mission Olympic Cell of Sports activities Authority of India which helped athletes put together for a podium end by means of its Goal Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) programme for Tokyo 2020- Paralympic Video games.
His father, who inspired him to play badminton, died in 2006. His mom Kusum Devi succumbed to Covid final 12 months.
In 2019, he gained the Arjuna award for excellence in sports activities whereas the identical 12 months he gained the Biju Patnaik Sports activities Award given by the Odisha authorities.