Meet thirteen-yr-old Ganderbal boy, J&K’s rising badminton megastar
Ibrahim bin Ajaz Qureshi, 13, from Ganderbal, is the first badminton participant from Jammu and Kashmir who has reached the twenty-eighth rank in 2018 and 32nd 2017 in any respect-India degree all through countrywide badminton competition in under-thirteen class. Ibrahim, a rising celebrity of badminton in Kashmir, started his sports activities adventure at the age of seven when his parents took him to watch the first-ever senior badminton nationals at Indoor Stadium Srinagar in which you. S. A .’s pinnacle gamers like PV Sindhu, P Kashyap, Sania Nehwal, Srikanth, and other sports celebrities participated. While watching the match in a scintillating environment, Ibrahim becomes attracted in the direction of badminton.
This became the day in 2013, while he started coming to Indoor Stadium, Srinagar, nearly every day to chase his dream of becoming a badminton participant. “Badminton gives me electricity and satisfaction. I labored tough for beyond six years to attain the country-wide degree,” says Ibrahim moving the rackets in his arms. Ibrahim has become the first badminton player from J&K who figured at 32nd rank in 2017 and 28th rank in 2018 for countrywide badminton competition in the under-13 category despite the reality that no worldwide popular or expert schooling turned into given to him.
He is presently U-thirteen kingdom champion in singles and doubles and is the primary U-14 Khelo India nation champion for 2018-19. After winning three state championships in 2018, Ibrahim turned into nominated by way of the Badminton Association of India for three weeks training camp in Padukone-Dravid Sports for Excellence Academy, Bangalore. Likewise, he anticipates his choice for a worldwide tour to Indonesia for an education program this 12 months.
Besides his family, Ibrahim rewards his senior players and coaches right here for their critical analysis and steerage, which has fashioned his game. “More than my tough paintings, it’s for the assist of my mother and father and steering of my train Amir Rasool. They have a larger function in my achievement,” he said. Ibrahim’s mother left a central authority job to accompany her son to Indoor Stadium every day after his college hours. Ibrahim’s family stands with him like a Sisyphean rock. His mom left her process, and his father is extended him every sort of possible help he can come up with the money for.
Ibrahim showed a passion for badminton at a very younger age. His mom and I advocated for him. We are glad along with his progress thus far, and we’re inclined to visit any extent to assist him in attaining his intention,” says his father, Aijaz Ahmad Qureshi. Despite Ibrahim’s selection for three nationals: SGFI (U-14), BAI (U-15), and Khelo India, which have been held in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and New Delhi, respectively, he determined to give them a pass over and attended a coaching camp. I neglected the nationals because I became selected via Badminton Association of India for prestigious National Badminton Coaching Camp at Prakash Dravid Sports for excellence at Bangalore and the idea it’s miles higher ty game than to participate in nationals. Because here in Kashmir we lack basic infrastructure, even we don’t have any special badminton indoor centers of global standard,” says Ibrahim.
Ibrahim is not satisfied with the centers and training available in Kashmir; he calls for grooming to end up an international champion and deliver the ordinary practice. “We are ways in the back of other states, as professional education, training schedule, sports environment, and facilities are concerned,” says Ibrahim. “To excel in any sport or recreation and to attain an Olympic stage, a player wishes some tough paintings, willpower, professionalism, and help from the parents. Once a participant reaches a national degree, he wishes overall patronage from government establishments and sponsorships to preserve his goal.
Here in Kashmir, we stand nowhere,” he rues. Despite appearing well in his subject, Ibrahim argues that there may be no financial assistance from the State Sports Council. “Recently PM, throughout his visit to the country, inaugurated indoor stadium at Ganderbal; however, it’s far yet to be made useful,” he says. Indoor Stadium in Srinagar is a multipurpose stadium. It remains preoccupied with exceptional sports, which hamper the daily practice of badminton gamers. Another stadium at Sephora Ganderbal, which has become currently inaugurated, is but to open for players due to the non-availability of original equipment, he says.
No doubt government right here is eager to promote sports and sends selected gamers to participate in countrywide competitions. However, maximum of gifted gamers fail to reach the remaining level because groups from the state reach to venue equal day or just in the future before, while as a maximum of the pinnacle ranked gamers reach the venue at the least every week earlier to acclimatize themselves, which in flip help them to perform better inside the nationals,” says Ibrahim.