Pune’s para-badminton player Sukant Kadam becomes World No 2
The all-time best achieved by the Sangli-born Sukant Kadam is a huge leap for him towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.pune Updated: Jul 17, 2017 13:07 IST
City’s para-badminton player Sukant Kadam, who trains with Olympian Nikhil Kanetkar at the Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) in Balewadi, rose one position on the singles rankings in the ‘SL4’ class as per the updated list released by the world body recently. Sukant was earlier ranked No. 3.
The all-time best achieved by the Sangli-born Sukant Kadam is a huge leap for him towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. His rise has been primarily due to the consistent exposure and performance on the Para- Badminton circult. In recent time, Sukant did well to win back-to-back bronze medals in Thailand and Ireland respectively. The effort won him 30 and 75 points respectively to swell his points.
So far, Sukant has played five tournaments in Spain, Uganda, Turkey, Thailand and Ireland and has won a medal in each of the five in singles. The phenomenal rise by Sukant makes him the second-best ranked para-badminton player in any class from India on the BWF rankings. The others are Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar, who is the world No.1 in the ‘SL 3’ (Women) and Manoj Sarkar, the world No 2 in the in the ‘SL3’ (Men) class.
“The aim is to play at the 2020 Games. It’s a long way to go and a lot of hardwork is required. I have been blessed so far and owe it all to the confidence that Nikhil sir has given me. The feeling is yet to settle in,” said Sukant.
NKBA director and head coach Nikhil Kanetkar said, “To be ranked No.2 is a huge feat. It makes our academy proud of the fact that we are doing the right thing. Sukant is a focused player and going forward, we will be looking into getting more exposure for Sukant in our mission.”