India continues its impressive run at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. In the Para-Badminton competition, Manoj Sarkar, showing a good game, has put another medal in the country’s bag. Manoj Sarkar won the bronze medal for India in the SL3 category. He defeated Daisuke Fujihara of Japan 22-20, 21-13 in the third-place match.
Was defeated in the semi-finals
Manoj Sarkar had made it to the semi-finals of the Paralympic badminton event, thanks to his good coordination and amazing smashes. However, they had to face defeat in the semi-finals. Second seed Daniel Bethel of Britain defeated Manoj 21-8, 21-10. After the defeat in the match, Manoj qualified for the bronze medal.
Childhood in poverty
The life of Manoj Sarkar, a resident of Uttarakhand, was spent in great difficulty and extreme poverty. Manoj’s mother Jamuna Sarkar had told in her statement that, when Manoj was one and a half years old, he had a high fever. At that time, due to the financial condition not being right, Manoj was given quackery treatment. This treatment had a bad effect on him and after taking the medicine, he got a weakness in his leg. Days passed like this, the poverty was so much that on the day of school holidays, he also did the work of painting in the houses with his father.
No money to buy a racket
Seeing people playing badminton, Manoj also insisted on buying the racket from the family, but the family did not have money to buy the racket. Mother Jamuna told that she raised money by working in the fields and bought a badminton racket for her son.
Till the Intermediate, Manoj participated in three state-level competitions as a general player. After seeing him playing well, badminton player DK Sen advised him to play for the para-badminton team.
Based on his brilliant performance, he made it to the National then International Para-Badminton team. Although Manoj broke down after the death of his father Maninder Sarkar in the year 2017, he did not let his spirits and courage break and started preparing for the Para-Asian Games.