Kumar Nitesh beat Paralympic Games champion Pramod Bhagat for only the second time in 16 meetings as he captured the SL3 men’s singles title at the Brazil Para Badminton International 2023. Incidentally, his only previous win over Bhagat had also come at the same event last year.
Over the last couple of years, the SL3 class has been dominated by either Bhagat or Daniel Bethell.
Nitesh was among six Indian gold medal winners. The big surprise was the relatively unknown Thulasimathi Murugesan, playing only the second event of her career – after a break of eight years – picking up two gold medals and a silver.
Ranking points from the Brazil Para Badminton International count towards qualification for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.