Bhavina Patel Paralympian: Table tennis player Bhavina Patel is now in the quarterfinals of the current Tokyo Paralympic Games. She beat Brazilian paddler Joyce de Oliveira. Previously, she had beaten Briton Megan Shackleton to advance to the knockout stages.
34-year-old Indian player Bhavinaben Patel is currently the 12th player in the world and the first Indian paddler to reach the quarter-finals of the Paralympic Games. “I want to do better in the matches to come. Today I tried to be patient and continued to focus on the ball, I didn’t get distracted by negative thoughts, â € “ Patel said after winning the game against Shackleton.
Patel, who has chosen sport for fun, plays in his wheelchair. Today, the player from Ahmedabad is considered a formidable force in wheelchair table tennis. She has won numerous national and international medals and is the pride of the country. She ranked number 2 in the world after winning a silver medal for India in the individual category at the PTT Thailand Table Tennis Championship in 2011.
In October 2013, at the Asian Para Table Tennis Championships in Beijing, Patel won the silver medal in the women’s singles class 4.
Bhavina won the bronze medal at the Asian Table Tennis Championship of the International Table Tennis Federation held in 2017 again in Beijing. She is a Class 4 athlete. These players have proper seated balance and fully functional arms and hands. Their involvement may be due to an injury to the lower spinal cord or to cerebral palsy.
She is coached by Lalan Doshi and is also guided by team manager Tejalben Lakhia.
It is a challenge to overcome the cultural stigma associated with disability in our country. It is only when we have a change in that mentality that we can expect more and more players with different abilities to come and represent Indians on the world stage. Otherwise, it is difficult for a player with different abilities to stay focused and play at an international level.
India won its first Paralympic medal at the games in Heidelberg in 1972. Murlikant Petkar won gold for the country in the men’s 50m freestyle. At the 2016 Paralympic Games, India won four medals.