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 in 2017 in any respect-India degree all through countrywide badminton competition in under-thirteen class. Ibrahim a rising celebrity of badminton in Kashmir now, started his sports activities adventure on the age of seven when his parents took him to watch 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 the duration of countrywide badminton competition in under-13 category in spite of 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 Badminton Association of India for three weeks training camp in Padukone-Dravid Sports for Excellence Academy, Bangalore. He is likewise anticipating his choice for a worldwide tour to Indonesia for an education program this 12 months.
Besides his family, Ibrahim is all reward to 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 so that she will 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 passion for badminton at the very younger age, I and his mom advocated 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 become 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 to enhance my 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, for grooming to end up an international champion and deliver the ordinary practice. “We are ways in the back of other states as for 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 for exceptional sports which hamper the daily practice of badminton gamers. Another stadium at Sephora Ganderbal which become currently inaugurated is but to open for players due to nonavailability of original equipment, he says. “No doubt government right here is eager to promote sports and sends selected gamers to take part in countrywide competitions, however maximum of gifted gamers fail to reach remaining level because groups from the state reach to venue equal day or just in the future before, while as maximum of the pinnacle ranked gamers reach venue at the least every week earlier to acclimatize themselves which in flip help them to perform better inside the nationals,” says Ibrahim.