India’s star shuttler Lakshya Sen is at number 10 in the world rankings
Lakshya hopes for gold medal in Commonwealth Games men’s singles
Lakshya’s father DK Sen is counted among the legendary coaches of the country.
New Delhi. Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen is one of the big medal contenders in the upcoming Commonwealth Games-2022. Crores of sports lovers of the country will have high hopes from him. The Commonwealth Games will start from July 28 this year, which are to be held in Birmingham. Lakshya Sen can be called ‘Medalveer’ as he will try to get the gold medal. Read ‘Know Your Medal Veer’ in the series – about Lakshya Sen…
Member of historic Thomas Cup winning team
Lakshya Sen Commonwealth Games men will compete in singles. A major reason for expectations from this 20-year-old shuttler is his consistent performance. Lakshya Sen won the bronze medal in the World Championship last year. Apart from this, he was a member of the Indian team that won the historic gold in Thomas Cup-2022.
Had adopted badminton from a young age
Born on 16 August 2001 in Almora, Uttarakhand, Lakshya Sen Prakash has also trained in Padukone Badminton Academy. He considers Prakash Padukone as his ideal. Lakshya had adopted this game at a young age. He entered the junior circuit in 2016 and won bronze at the Junior Asian Championships. Then traveled till the pre-quarters in the Junior World Championship.
Many medals won in 2018
The year 2018 was quite memorable for Lakshya. He won the silver medal in Boys Singles at the Youth Olympic Games. He also got the mixed team gold medal of this event. In 2018 itself, he won the bronze of the World Junior Championship. Lakshya also won the boys’ singles gold medal at the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta in 2018 itself.
father also legendary coach
It is said that if the father is a doctor, then many qualities come in the son in his childhood. The same happened with Lakshya. Actually, Lakshya’s father DK Sen is counted among the legendary badminton coaches of the country. This is the reason that Lakshya started making a name for himself in this game from a very young age. DK Sen has also been the coach of the Indian junior badminton team.
Just one step away from winning the All England title
Lakshya raised everyone’s hopes this year i.e. in 2022 when he managed to reach the finals of the prestigious All England Open Badminton Championship. However, he remained just one step behind from the title. Lakshya was defeated by Viktor Axelsen in the final and had to be satisfied with the silver medal. Later he withdrew his name from Swiss Open.
‘Rhythm achieved from the first match itself’
Lakshya is currently the world’s number 10 male shuttler. He has said that the first match of Commonwealth Games will be enough for him to get the rhythm. Lakshya played his last tournament as Indonesia Open, where he had to face defeat from compatriot HS Prannoy. Lakshya said that he has been training for the last 3 weeks, which will benefit him.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 19, 2022, 06:03 IST