The Arjuna prize will boost my preparations for Tokyo 2020: the paratrooper Pramod Bhagat

CHANDIGARH: Experienced Paradist Pramod Bhagat It is over the moon. His hard work over the years has finally been rewarded after being nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award , something I had expected for years.

However, the dedicated shutter does not have time to celebrate, as it tops India's challenge in the BWF For Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland. The championships, organized for the first time together with the skillful body event, began with the games of all against all of the day.

It is a mixed feeling. I am very excited and happy. For every Indian athlete, it is a dream to win the National award . But now that I am playing in the World Championship, I want to keep my focus and play well. The party can wait, ”said Bhagat.

“But the Arjuna Award has come at the right time, giving a big boost for the preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

“I also feel that recognition is important to inspire young people. The prize will motivate young people to badminton players to follow the sport. My main goal for now is to earn the qualification points and maintain the leadership, ”added the gold medalist of Asian Para Games 2018.

Bhagat became the fourth Para Badminton player to obtain an Arjuna after former world champions Parul Parmer, Raj Kumar and Manoj Sarkar who received the honor in recent years. He will receive the prize along with 18 others that include the athlete Sundar Singh Gurjar and the cricket player Ravindra Jadeja.

Bhagat already has eight gold medals (five singles and three doubles) this year in six tournaments: World Games 2019, Turkey 2019, Dubai 2019, Uganda 2019, Canada 2019 and Ireland 2019.

Over the years, Bhagat worked with his hard work and his strong determination to emerge winner and overcome big names.

National coach Gaurav Khanna, who has played one of the most important roles in the ascending rise of Bhagat, praised his neighborhood as one of the most dedicated in the field.

“I am very happy for Pramod. His external personality seems like a fun casual person, but from the inside he is very sensitive, affectionate and emotional. And that is reflected in his game. He is the most popular boy among all my students in my school and no less than a hero. He is one of the dedicated players in the field and his attitude of never giving up stands out. This award is a great boost for the fraternity For Badminton, ”said Khanna.