Women’s power was once again seen at the Tokyo Paralympics. Fighting the hardships of life, Indian table tennis player Bhavina ben Patel has reached the final of the Tokyo Paralympics. Bhavina defeated Miao Zhang of China 3-2 in the semi-finals. She defeated the world number three 7-11 11-7 11-4 9-11 11-8. The match lasted 34 minutes. Bhavina is now just one step away from Gold.
Let us inform you that no Indian woman has won gold in the Olympic and Paralympic Games so far and now this is a golden opportunity for Bhavina to win gold. Let’s know about Bhavina’s Paralympic journey-
Bhavina got polio at the age of 12 months
Born in Vadnagar, Gujarat, Bhavina’s journey to the Paralympics has not been easy. She has achieved this position by defeating polio. Bhavina was diagnosed with polio at the age of 12 months. When Bhavina reached the fourth grade, her parents took her to Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh for surgery. Where according to the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bhavina initially ignored the seriousness of the polio disease and did not take proper care, due to which her condition became more serious.
After taking fitness training from coach Lalan Doshi, he made the game of table tennis her passion.
Bhavina completed her studies up to class 12 in her village itself and after that, her father got admission to Blind People’s Association, Ahmedabad in the year 2004. Here Bhavina did a computer course under the supervision of Tejalben Lakhia and completed her graduation from Gujarat University through correspondence. It was from here that Bhavina’s interest in the game was born and started taking fitness training from her coach Lalan Doshi and gradually playing table tennis became her passion.
In 2007, Bhavina won the gold medal in Para Table Tennis National in Bangalore.
Three years later, in 2007, Bhavina won her first gold medal at the Para Table Tennis Nationals in Bangalore. She started her international career with Jordan. At the same time, Bhavina won her first international silver medal in the year 2011 at the Thailand Open. After this, he also illuminated the name of the country by winning the silver medal in the Asian Regional Championship for the first time in 2013.
Bhavina Patel becomes first Indian woman to qualify for Tokyo Paralympics 2020
Keeping up the spirit of the game, Bhavina practiced in doubles after winning the singles. In doubles, she made Sonalben Patel her partner. Not only this, Bhavina finally won her first gold in singles in Bangkok in 2019 and also won gold in doubles. Bhavina was also selected for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, but according to Sai could not play due to technical reasons, but she qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics 2020 and won the silver by performing brilliantly, while Bhavina also became a contender for the gold. have happened.