NKBA’s Varun breaks into Top 10August 22, 2019, Pune
Varun Kapur from Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) who recently clinched the under-19 boys singles title at the RSL Lithuanian Junior 2019 competition, got a further boost when he broke into the top 10 slot in the under-19 boys singles world ranking, standing on the 9th position as world body Badminton World Federation (BWF) released the rankings on Tuesday.
Varun (16), has had a good run in 2019 so far, having clinched titles in Croatia, Cyprus and Lithuania junior internationals.He finished as runner-up in the Russian junior international and won a bronze in the Bulgarian junior. Earlier in 2018, Varun was victorious in the Dubai and Slovakia junior internationals and finished as the runner-up in the Mongolian junior international.
Speaking about his ranking Varun said “It is satisfying and challenging as I have to work hard to maintain this position. It motivates me to do better. NKBA has played an important role. They have consistently supported me as well as worked towards my overall improvement. I would like to thank NKBA, Kanetkar Sports Foundation (KSF), equipment sponsors Li Ning and my parents for their support.”
Speaking about Varun’s achievement, Nikhil Kanetkar said “I think Varun is still young but maturing well. He knows how to play against different styles of players. This jump in ranking should now motivate him to work harder and get stronger so that he can reach his maximum potential over the years to come.”
NKBA trainees’ climb
The past one year has witnessed an upward climb in rankings for trainees at NKBA. Purva Barve was world no.8 in the under-19 girls singles category and was also India no.2.
Pratul Joshi achieved India No.1 rank in the mens singles category while Sanyogita Ghorpade achieved India No.2 rank in the womens Doubles category.
Sukant Kadam was world no.2 in the Para Badminton SL4 Mens Singles and Arya Jadhav was the bronze medallist at the under-21 Youth Asian Deaf Championships.