Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s ace para-badminton player Pramod Bhagat added another feather to his cap as he bagged two gold medals at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.
He defeated England’s Daniel Bethell 6-21,21-14,21-5 in the final of men’s singles SL 3 category to seal the top spot.
Earlier, he had partnered with Manoj Sarkar to clinch the gold medal in men’s doubles category. The World-ranked 2 Indian pair emerged as champions by defeating Nitesh Kumar and Tarun 14-21,21-15,21-16 in an all-Indians final.
Earlier Bhagat was nominated for the Arjuna Award 2019. The 31-year-old shuttler from Atabira in Baragarh district will be the eighth Arjuna awardee from Odisha. Suffering from polio since the age of four, Bhagat started playing badminton in 2002. However, he was introduced to the para-badminton circuit only in 2006.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Bhagat on his achievement.
Congratulations to #Odisha's star shuttler @PramodBhagat83 on winning the men's doubles gold (SL3) at BWF Para-Badminton World Championships 2019. You have done #Odisha proud once again. Best wishes. #TOTALBWFWC2019 #Basel2019 https://t.co/O3cIc8XWt2
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) August 25, 2019