Mumbai: Bolstered by the historic para-badminton World championships gold, Manasi Joshi has now turned her eyes on making the cut for next year’s Paralympics and said she is focussing on mixed doubles as SL3 category is not part of the Tokyo Games.Joshi on Sunday clinched her first gold medal in the World Championship at Basel in Switzerland by defeating defending champion Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7 in the women’s singles SL3 category. However, the Indian is aware that she does not have a singles event at the next year’s Tokyo Paralympics, and hence is concentrating on the mixed doubles category to make it to the quadrennial event.”I don’t have a singles event at the Paralympics, unfortunately. But I am training for the mixed doubles with my partner Rakesh Pandey and the current ranking is 13 and we need to be in the top six (to qualify). So we are working to make sure that our rankings gets better,” said Joshi told PTI.Joshi, who trains three sessions a day at the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad, feels shuttlers from Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Germany will pose a challenge in their pursuit for a Paralympics qualification.Joshi, who had lost her left leg in a road mishap in 2011, had previously won a bronze in the 2017 edition and described the current win as one of her biggest achievements.”It is one of the biggest achievement as of now (for me). Winning a medal at the Para Badminton World Championship is quite a big deal because the event happens once in two years,” Joshi said.”Previously the event happened in 2017 where I had come home with a bronze medal. (So by) converting the colour of the medal and making it directly gold, I have come a long way.”Overall, India bagged 12 medals at the recently-concluded championship. 2020 Paralympics2020 Tokyo gams2020 Tokyo Paralympicsbadminton First Published: August 30, 2019, 10:23 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
The first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Kyiv touched down on 28 August at Boryspil International Airport, marking the launch of direct daily flights between Doha and the Ukrainian capital. The new route by the World’s Best Airline will be served with an Airbus A320 aircraft.Travelling yesterday on the inaugural Qatar Airways flight to Kyiv was Qatar Airways COO, Mr. Ehab Amin, who was welcomed with a traditional airport arrival ceremony hosted by CEO of Kyiv Boryspil International Airport, Mr. Pavlo Riabikin, and attended by Qatar’s Ambassador to Ukraine, His Excellency Mr. Jassim bin Rashid Al Khalifa. Today, Mr. Ehab Amin gave a press conference and dinner with media and key trade partners, highlighting the airline’s expansion plans.Kyiv, one of Eastern Europe’s undiscovered cultural jewels, is filled with striking architecture and many art galleries and museums. The city is both historic and modern at the same time, and is quickly becoming a popular must-visit destination for travellers from around the globe.Passengers from Kyiv will not only be able to take advantage of smooth and efficient transfers through the airline’s home and hub, Hamad International Airport, to more than 150 global destinations, but also take the opportunity to visit the State of Qatar itself.Emerging as an increasingly popular leisure destination, it is now even easier for Ukrainians to visit the cosmopolitan Middle Eastern country where a new visa waiver scheme means they can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival.The new daily flights to Kyiv will provide over 10 tonnes of belly capacity each week, supporting the growing food product, pharmaceutical and civil aircraft industries in Ukraine. Through the airline’s expanding cargo network, Qatar Airways Cargo connects Ukraine to its trade partners in Middle East and Asia via an easy transit at cargo carrier’s Doha hub. The belly service is also complemented with a local trucking network to and from Kyiv airport.Qatar Airways has a host of other exciting new destinations planned for the remainder of this year and 2018, including Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, US and Santiago, Chile, to name just a few.