India, Sept. 6 -- Reigning world champion Pramod Bhagat shuttled his way into history by becoming India's first-ever para-badminton gold medalist in Paralympics on Saturday (badminton made its debut at the Games this year). He clinched gold in men's singles badminton (SL3) event. "There is nothing sweeter than a Paralympic medal. I hope this medal inspires more youngsters to take up the sport. I would like India to be the para-badminton hub in the world," says Bhagat.

His achievement became more special when Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him. "It's a moment of pride for every Indian when the country's biggest leader congratulates you. It's something that I will remember all my life," says the 33-year-old, who hails from Attabi...