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Two gold, one silver for Motihari shuttler

- Inspired by father, 12-year-old wins global recognition in badminton
An Under-15 girls’ singles match under way at the indoor stadium in Bhagalpur on Thursday. Picture by Amit Kumar

Aditya Ranjan (12) has brought laurels not only for his hometown Motihari but also for the country by winning the junior-level badminton tournament in the World Sports Festival held at Vienna (Austria) between July 3 and 6.

He is a Class VI student at The Lawrence School in Sanawar in Himachal Pradesh.

Aditya was selected from his school by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to take part in the four-day festival at Vienna by the PDM Touristik Group. Robin Deisenhanner was founder of the World Sports Festival in Austria.

The festival saw the participation of 160 students of various games from India among 500-plus contestants from 37 countries. Aditya was one among 12 badminton players from his school to take part in the prestigious tournament.

By winning two gold medals for India both in the badminton singles and doubles and also a silver in mixed doubles, this Motihari boy has become the inspiration among other athletes of his age group.

He returned to India on Wednesday and reached his hometown in the evening.

Motihari’s Aditya Ranjan with his medals and shield

Talking with The Telegraph on Thursday morning, Aditya said: “Besides my childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer, I also want to become as famous as Prakash Padukone and other eminent shuttlers of the world.”

The son of Punam and Sujeet Kumar Gupta, Aditya, was inspired by his father from early childhood.

Tourney starts

Bhagalpur district magistrate (DM) B. Kartikey on Thursday told shuttlers taking part in the All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament that hosting such an event was a challenge for the small city.

The DM was addressing the opening ceremony of the Under-13 and Under-15 tournament for boys and girls in the indoor stadium of Sandy’s Compound. “Many young shuttlers would get the opportunity to showcase their talent in this tournament here,” he added.

Though the qualifying rounds for the tournament were held between July 7 and 9, the tournament was inaugurated formally with the opening of its final rounds. More than 750 boys and girls from across the country are taking part in the event.

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