Aditya Joshi, 17 SPORTSPER­SON

Ju­nior Bad­minton World Cham­pion, Dhar, Mad­hya Pradesh

India Today - - YOUNG YEARNERS - by Le­muel Lall

Aditya aka Appy is the first In­dian male ju­nior shut­tler to top the World Bad­minton Fed­er­a­tion rank­ings. He took the No. 1 spot in Jan­uary, gal­lop­ing up from 11th rank in Novem­ber 2013, but the Ju­nior Bad­minton World Cham­pion isn’t done. “Bad­minton is my pas­sion. Now, I have to scale heights in the se­nior cat­e­gory,” he says. Aditya started play­ing bad­minton at five and it was not long be­fore he was sweep­ing lo­cal tour­na­ments. BREAK POINT Win­ning the bronze at the Asian Youth Bad­minton Cham­pi­onship in Ja­pan in 2010. “It was my first in­ter­na­tional feat and boosted my morale. A week later, I won gold at the Un­der-16 Na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Hy­der­abad.” FA­TAL FIN­ISH In the Asian Youth Cham­pi­onship semi-fi­nal, he was leading 20-17. “I be­came over-con­fi­dent and too ex­cited and crashed out.” WAYTO GO “I am look­ing for­ward to 2015 when I turn se­nior. My dream is to win Olympic gold.” FAM­ILY ACT His brother Pratul Joshi, 19, made head­lines when he beat for­mer World and Olympic bad­minton cham­pion Tau­fik Hi­dayat at the In­dia Grand Prix, 2012.

NILOTPAL BARUAH

“His ag­gres­sive style and tem­per­a­ment are un­matched.”

Atul Joshi

Fatherand­coach

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