Aditya Joshi, 17 SPORTSPERSON
Junior Badminton World Champion, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh
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.
“His aggressive style and temperament are unmatched.”