Mark Joseph Dharmai

  • Sport : Badminton (SS6)
  • Date of Birth : 3/3/1984
  • Hometown : Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Current Training Base : Bandra Gymkhana, Mumbai
  • Nature of Disability : Achondroplasia (short stature: dwarfism, by birth)

Mark's STORY

During his school days Mark used to play hockey and football. His meeting with Venkatesh who was the first dwarf athlete to represent India in para badminton changed his entire life. Venkatesh advised Mark to switch to Para Badminton which he followed to achieve tremendous success.

Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. His father is a fishing nets manufacturer at home and his mother is a housewife. He also has a younger sister who is married.

Mark won several medals at the 2016 Asian Para Badminton Championship in China. This included a Gold in the doubles event, Silver in mixed doubles and Bronze in singles. Apart from this Mark has also won a Bronze medal (mixed doubles) at the BWF Para Badminton Open International in Northern Ireland and at the BWF Para Badminton World Championship in England.

Mark was shortlisted and eventually selected for support under the GoSports Foundation Para Champions Programme 2017-18, after Para Badminton’s inclusion into the list of events at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He is World No. 4 in Mixed Doubles in SS6.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Winner (Singles) at the Para Badminton National Championship, 2018
  • Winner (Doubles) at the USA Para-Badminton International 2017
  • Bronze medal in mixed doubles event at the 2015 BWF Para Badminton World Championship in England

Tentative Competition Schedule till 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio (7th- 18th September)

Competition Location Date Add Event
Berlin Open - 2016 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 13th to 17th July Add to my calendar
IPC Athletics World Grand Prix Final-2016 London, Great Britain 23rd to 24th July Add to my calendar