Lakshya Sen wins India’s first Gold In Junior Asian Badminton Champ After 53 Yrs

LAKSHYA Sen from Uttarakhand’s Almora   has stunned the badminton world by winning the Asian Junior Badminton Championship in Jakarta defeating Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn and bagging the gold .Lakshya is the second Indian male shuttler and third overall to win gold at the championship. The previous gold medals were won by Gautam Thakkar , who is not alive now, in 1965. PV Sindhu is the only other Indian to win gold at tournament in 2012. Lakshya Sen, who will turn 17 next month, won gold in the Asian Junior Badminton Championships held in Jakarta on Sunday after defeating the junior World 1, Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-19, 21-18.It is needless to add Indian sports administrators have hailed his feat and hope he will be another medal hope in Olympics and other multinational games if he can maintain his form and improve it further. The Almora born shuttler is fortunate as he is blessed with a supportive family. He was born to a badminton family. His father D K Sen is a coach in India and his brother Chirag Sen is an international badminton player. Trained at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Hyderabad, he has shown his talent as a badminton player at the young age, and after he had a brilliant year on the junior badminton circuit in 2016.He became the number one junior singles player in BWF World Junior ranking in February 2017. The junior Sen also able to compete in the senior international level and won the men’s singles title at the 2016 India International Series tournament. He had won a bronze in the last edition of the tournament. The Uttarakhand youngster remained by strong support for Vitidsarn and won the very tight match in 46 minutes.“I am happy to win the tournament. It will boost my confidence. I played in the team event and then in the individual event, so it was a long tournament. The focus was on recovering well after each match and I am happy I could play well and win,” Sen later said. “I got a very good support from team members as well. This Asian Junior gold is precious to me.”

Badminton Association of India (BAI) Himanta Biswa Sarma, also Assam’s Finance Minister, and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  have complemented Akshay for his praiseworthy feat

 

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