Dubai, April 4
World No. 1 Pramod Bhagat won the men’s singles gold in the SL4 category at the Dubai Para Badminton tournament after defeating compatriot Nitesh Kumar here today. Bhagat beat Kumar 21-17 21-18 in the final.
Bhagat then paired up with Manoj Sarkar to clinch the men’s doubles gold in SL4-SL3 category by beating Indian counterparts Sukant Kadam and Nitesh Kumar 21-18 21-16. Bhagat also won a bronze in mixed doubles, pairing up with Palak Kohli.
World No. 5 Sukant Kadam lost in the SL3 men’s singles final against Lucas Mazur of France. The Indians, who returned to international competition after the Covid-19 pandemic forced the suspension of events for more than a year, won 21 medals (5 gold, 6 silver, 10 bronze).
“After such a long gap, this is a very good return, winning two gold medals which will help me a lot in the build-up to the Paralympics. I hope to continue this kind of performance in the Paralympics,” Bhagat said. — PTI