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  Bisoyee wins 1st intl gold; Bhagat settles for 3 silver
21 Nov 2021

Odisha para-shuttler Deep Ranjan Bisoyee achieved the biggest success of his career at the Uganda Para Badminton International in Kampala, winning the mens SL3-SL4 doubles gold medal with a sensational win in the final today. Bisoyee and his Indian partner Mohammad Arwaz Ansari fought back from a game down to stun the World No 1 Indian pair of Pramod Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar 10-21, 22-20, 21-15.

Odisha star Bhagat, however, failed to live up to his reputation as World and Paralympic champion as he suffered defeats in all of his three finals and settled for silver medals. In the mens singles SL3 final, doubles partner Manoj Sarkar beat Bhagat 21-19, 21-16 to bag the gold medal.


Bhagat, a Khel Ratna Awardee, lost his third final of the day in mixed doubles event with Palak Kohli as his partner. In an all-Indians contest Mansi Joshi and Ruthick Ragupathi beat Bhagat and Kohli 21-19, 21-16 to capture the gold medal.

Expressing the joy for winning gold medal, Bisoyee credited the sensational success to hard work and support by the State Government. “Hard work paid dividends. I want to credit to State Finance Department, Sports Department and Finance Secretary Vishal Dev,’’ said Bisoyee, who works as Assistant Section Officer in the Finance Department.

“My Department and Vishal sir encouraged for my practice and training. Sports & Youth Services Department provided me the financial support. I am indebted to them,’’ added Bisoyee, who trains at Udaan Badminton Academy in Bhubaneswar.

Indian shuttlers bagged a total of 47 medals at the Uganda Para Badminton International 2021. The 47 medals featured 16 gold, 14 silver and 17 bronze. Out of three players from Odisha, G Dillaswar Rao could not win any medal in the six-day tournament.

Indian para shuttlers competing at the Uganda Para Badminton International suffered a jolt when there were multiple explosions near the team hotel at the capital city of Kampala on the opening day.

The two bomb blasts led to the death of at least three civilians and caused chaos in Kampala as terrified residents fled the centre of the city. The blasts happened around 100 metres away from the hotel but all the Indian players escaped unhurt.
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TOP: Uganda Para Badminton International mens SL3-SL4 doubles champions Deep Ranjan Bisoyee and Mohammad Arwaz Anasari show their gold medal in Kampala on 21 November 2021.
RIGHT: Odisha ace Pramod Bhagat poses with three silver medals at the Uganda Para Badminton International in Kampala on 21 November 2021.


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