9 months later
In October 2020, Baton of Hope teamed up with HeroMotoCorp to provide financial support to 9 badminton players from across the country to purchase sporting equipment.
In June 2021, we asked our athletes for an update on their situation, and were completely blown away by their achievements.
Mokshita, our youngest athlete, has continued training in her hometown Jodhpur. She took part in a few local tournaments, winning the U17 singles category and the Runner-up position in the mixed doubles category in one of them. She was also part of the winning team in the Dream Badminton League.
She was able to use the funds for her badminton expenditure on equipment such as racquets, shuttlecocks, and coaching fees.
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This year, Arati moved to Thane Academy, one of the best in Maharashtra.
She won a bronze medal in the Women’s Doubles event in the 3rd Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International Championship, with her partner Manasi Joshi, and has retained her India Rank of 2.
She has made both us, & India proud, and is a contender for the Paralympic Games that will be held later this year. It’s clear Arati has a great future ahead of her.
Elvison, too, made great use of the funds. He attended a month-long professional training camp in Sikkim and participated in many tournaments. He also purchased a new badminton racquet!
This paid off, because despite COVID, Elvison won some prestigious tournaments of the North East. He was Runners-Up in the mixed-doubles category at the Darjeeling Open, and semi-finalist in the Men’s Singles event at the same tournament. He was also in the top 4 at the Jorethang Open badminton tournament.
Chandan has continued training at the prestigious MV Bisht Badminton Academy in Siri Fort.
He was able to participate in tournaments which he could not earlier (due to the high participation fee), purchase newer and better quality badminton equipment and play with a little less stress of the financial burden.
His legendary coach, Madhumita Bisht, recognizes that he has improved greatly in the past year, and we are excited to see what the future holds for him.
Vibhu used the financial aid funds to continue training under international badminton player Dinesh Chaudhry.
Unfortunately, he was unable to participate in tournaments due to COVID.
After long, Vibhu finally purchased a new racquet for himself- the reputed Yonex Atrox 100. He also used the funds to buy day-to-day badminton essentials, like shuttlecocks and sports wear.
Farhan, who had resided in Gwalior all his life, began training at a professional academy in Bangalore. He gained exposure in the apex town of Indian badminton, and the results are clear.
Out of the three tournaments he played, he won 2, receiving combined cash prizes worth Rs. 4400
As an athlete who could never afford professional equipment, Farhan was finally able to buy good quality badminton equipment. It was a pleasure working with such a determined athlete.
Ankit has used the funds to continue his training at the Sports Authority of India Centre in New Delhi. Unfortunately, due to COVID, he was unable to participate in tournaments.
However, using the funds we provided him with, he was able to purchase new badminton equipment, such as shuttlecocks, gutting and sportswear.
This year, our Delhi- based para badminton player- Suryakant- won the Delhi State Para-Badminton Championship and qualified for the upcoming Para-Nationals.
Suryakant will also be participating in the Asian Youth Para Games, set to happen in Bahrain in October. A team of 8 from India participates every year, and only the best of the best from each country qualify for it.
We wish him good luck for this tournament and all his future endeavours.
Srija has made us immensely proud this year. She not only became India Rank 2 in the Under-13 category, but she was also recognized by ace shuttler Prakash Padukone at the All India Talent Search Camp.
At Patna Districts, Srija won the Under-13, Under-19 and Women’s Singles categories, and even went ahead to win the Under-13 category at the Bihar State Championships.
We are glad to have been part of her support system!