India’s only participant in the men’s singles badminton event at Tokyo Olympics, B Sai Praneeth, was inspired by his aunt -- a former national level player -- to take up the sport.
Born into a humble family in Hyderabad on October 10, 1992, the Indian shuttler would travel around 18 kilometres a day and then follow it up with another four-hour long train journey for training during his school days.
The hard work paid off as Sai Praneeth impressed at the age-group levels, including former All England Open champion Pullela Gopichand.
In fact, Gopichand was so taken in by the youngster’s talent that he included Sai Praneeth among the first batch of trainees at his academy which opened in 2008.
Under the guidance of one of India’s best badminton coaches, Sai Praneeth soon started making waves at the international stage.
His first major achievement came in 2010 when the Indian shuttler, as an 18-year-old, managed a bronze medal at the BWF Junior World Championships in Mexico.
From there, Sai Praneeth competed in several Challenger and Grand Prix competitions to climb up the rankings.
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