December 24: Tokyo Paralympics silver medalist and Noida District Magistrate Suhas L Yathiraj is not playing in the ongoing Para-Badminton National Championships in Bhubaneswar here as he has cited personal reasons for his absence.
Suhas Yathiraj would start his campaign in the straight quarterfinals (SL4) category on Saturday but the shuttler pulled out of the tournament. Suhas was recently honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award.
A source told ANI, “Suhas Yathiraj was supposed to play in the tournament but unfortunately he had to withdraw his name due to personal reasons.”
The ongoing Para-Badminton National Championship will see Pramod Bhagat, the ‘golden boy’ of Odisha, who won India’s first badminton gold at the Paralympics in the tournament.
Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera inaugurated the 4th National Para-Badminton Championship which began here on Friday.
Over 400 shuttlers will be in action at the showpiece event.
Meanwhile, Pramod, the gold medalist, will be in action along with SH6 category shuttlers Krishna Nagar, Manoj Sarkar, Sukant Kadam, Parul Parmar, Mansi Joshi, Palak Kohli, Tarun Dhillon, Prem Kumar Ali, Rajkumar, and many more. Saturday.
Krishna Nagar said that he is very excited to play in the tournament and there is no pressure on him despite being out of the game in the last few months.
“The Para-Badminton National Championship is my first tournament after Tokyo Paralympics 2020. So I am very excited about the tournament and my aim is to give my best in the competition,” Krishna told ANI.
“There’s no pressure on me, every athlete is different and one should aim to give their best. A national level competition is your base, even if you don’t play the Olympics, a national championship like this forms the basis of your sport. are,” he added.
The Para Sports Association of Odisha is organizing the Para-Badminton National Championship in association with the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Odisha.
The three-day mega sporting event will be organized under the aegis of Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) and Badminton Association of India from December 24 to 26 at two venues, Railway Indoor Stadium, KC Memorial Trust in Bhubaneswar and Udan Badminton Academy. India.
First published:December 24, 2021, 5:30 pm