With his dominating run in the ongoing Para Badminton World Championship-2022 at Tokyo in Japan, Pramod entered the singles and doubles final of the men’s singles SL3 category of the mega event.
The 23 minutes match score line read 21-18 and 21- 15.
Pramod had to content with the runner-up finish and settled for a silver medal. He went down fighting in straight sets in the 50-minute clash. The final scorecard read 21-17 and 21-09 in Daniel's favour.
Prem Kumar Ale (WH1), Mandeep Kaur (SL3), Nithya Sre (SH6), Palak Kohli-Parul Parmar (SL3-SU5), Chirag Baretha-Mandeep Kaur (SL3-SU5) and Tarun Dhillon-Nitesh Kumar (SL3-SL4) also returned with silver medals.
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President of India, Prime Minister and Union Minister for Home Affairs, a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
Earlier Pramod and his mixed doubles partner Palak Kohli also lost to an Indian pair of Ruthick Ragupathi and Manasi Girishchandra Joshi and had to settle for bronze.
Guru Prasad Mohapatra (Civil Service) from Odisha will also receive Padma Shri (Posthumously). He has been nominated from Delhi.
It is pertinent to mention here that, 2022 will be an important and busy year for the ace para-shuttler with more than 14 odd tournaments. This year also includes the Asian Games and the World Championship. And with Paralympics scheduled for 2024, this year becomes even more crucial.
Chopra made the country proud by winning the first-ever gold in javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics, 2020 while Bhagat made history by clinching a gold medal in badminton in the recently concluded Tokyo Paralympics. Dhawan has been making India proud with his outstanding performance in all the formats of cricket.
Similarly, hockey players from the State and members of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Bronze medal-winning Indian team Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas were conferred with the Arjuna Award from the President of India.
The ace para shuttler from Odisha, who became the first Indian to win a gold medal in badminton, is among the 12 sportspersons selected for the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour of the country.
Ace para-shuttler Pramod Bhagat from Odisha is ecstatic after being nominated for the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award 2021
Ace shuttler and Paralympics Gold Medallist, Pramod Bhagat returned to his home in Attabira under Bargarh district on Tuesday morning (Sept 21). Pramod received a roaring welcome back home for this astounding feat at the games.
Earlier this month, Bhagat had a stopover at Sachin’s residence on an invitation by the legend. During the meeting, Bhagat shared the saga of his struggle and achievement with the ‘God of Cricket’ for nearly three hours.
Ace para shuttler from Odisha Pramod Bhagat, who scripted history by becoming the first gold medal winner from India in para-badminton at Tokyo Paralympics, on Friday expressed his desire of becoming a deputy collector.