India’s ace Para-badminton athlete Mandeep Kaur becomes the new world no.1 ranked para-badminton player in the WS SL3 category, Kaur is supported by Welspun Foundation.

Kaur participated in the recently concluded Spanish Level II Para-Badminton International tournament, which serves as one of the qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Paralympics, which was held in Vitoria Gasteiz Spain between 20th-26th February 2023. She clinched a silver medal in the Mixed Doubles SL3-SU5 category along with her mixed partner Chirag Baretha and also won a bronze medal in the Women’s Singles SL3 category.

28 years old, Mandeep, hails from Uttarakhand and currently trains at Lucknow under the guidance of Dronacharya awardee Gaurav Khanna who is also the Head National Coach- of the Indian Para-Badminton Team and has been training ace para-badminton players like Palak Kohli, Abu Hubaida, Manoj Sarkar to name a few. 

Commenting on her achievement, Mandeep said, “After putting in so much hard work each and every day, I am finally where I always aimed to be. I am thankful to my coach for his support and guidance. I am grateful for Welspun’s support who came on board when I had just started my career and showed immense faith in me.”

The top three ranked athletes in the Women’s Singles SL3 category (Mandeep Kaur, Manasi Joshi and Parul Parmar) are part of the Welspun Super Sport Women program. 

Mandeep’s coach, Gaurav Khanna, who was elated with Mandeep’s new ranking said, “It’s all her hard work that she has put in every day, which has resulted in achieving her goal of becoming world no.1. It is a huge win and as a coach, I am proud of the effort and dedication she has shown over the years. I would also like to thank the Welspun foundation for the continuous support that they have given over the years for our athletes. It has helped the athletes to compete more confidently and participate in various international tournaments without any hesitation.”

After reaching her career high, Mandeep plans on participating in more international tournaments as 2023 is the Paralympic qualifier year, and her focus will be to win medals and maintain her rankings.