As the Indian sports enthusiasts were busy celebrating badminton star P.V. Sindhu becoming the first Indian shuttler to win the BWF World Championship, Joshi’s similar feat at the para-athletic tournament didn’t immediately catch the media spotlight.
On 25 August, Joshi, defeated three-time para-badminton champion Parul Parmar by 21-12 and 21-7 to win her maiden SL3 world championship title.
The SL3 tournament is for players who are impaired in one or both lower limbs and have poor walking or running balance.
Tournament update: Wonderful few days at the BWF Para-badminton World Championships. Stoked to have won the Gold with exactly #1YearToGo for #Tokyo2020 Paralympics.— Manasi Nayana Joshi (@joshimanasi11) 25 August 2019
Also, PV Sindhu, you are GOAT! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/njB3XhNcVP
I earned it.— Manasi Nayana Joshi (@joshimanasi11) 27 August 2019
Worked every bit for it. pic.twitter.com/sGZRL9GWMu
The news of Joshi winning the coveted title, however, didn’t take too long to draw the attention of social media, and the Twitterati hailed the para-athlete’s accomplishment.
Joshi, who plays the sport with a prosthetic leg, was applauded by politicians, celebrities and netizens alike for overcoming her difficulties and winning the world title.
Manasi Joshi deserves the same respect and attention like PV Sindhu from the govt, stars and public. Salute to her. https://t.co/2VxyNgsbw8— Varinder Bansal 🇮🇳 (@varinder_bansal) 27 August 2019
Manasi Joshi .. Wins World championship.. para badminton gold medal for India ! Let us Congratulate her along with PV Sindhu as she deserve same respect recognition rewards too— Arun Pandey (@ArunPandey99) 27 August 2019
It's a double whammy for India !!! She deserves more accolades than seen so far !! pic.twitter.com/HmMEc0YjY1
Manasi Joshi too won gold in para badminton... Trains also at Gopichand academy. So it's a grand double! But no big news about this pic.twitter.com/J0RZCAG2ux— Dr Ajoy Kumar (@drajoykumar) 27 August 2019
According to a private website, in 2011, Joshi lost her left leg in a freak accident when she was hit by a truck while crossing a road junction.
In spite of sustaining multiple injuries on her arms and legs, she was only able to reach the operation theatre 10 hours after the accident. Being infected with gangrene due to the delay in treatment, she ended up with an amputated left leg.
However, in 2012, she re-learned to walk using her prosthetic limb. After regaining her confidence to move around using the artificial leg, she resumed playing badminton and other sports.
Joshi turned into a professional badminton player after participating in the 2014 Para Asian Games and has won several medals at international badminton tournaments since then.