One step away from his dream of winning a medal at the world championship, 38-yearold city-based shuttler, Lakhwinder Singh has qualified for the world championship after he clinched silver medal at 41st Indian Masters (Veteran) National Badminton Championship held at Cochin, Kerala from March 1 to 6.
Singh bagged the second position in the Men’s Singles (35+) category after he was defeated in the finals by the former Olympian, Nikhil Kanetkar from Pune (21-13, 21-8). In the semi-finals, Singh registered a win over Ajay Dyal, the state champion from Maharashtra (21-19, 21-13).
Singh expressed that playing against Kanetkar was his best experience. “Although, I have lost to Kanetkar but it was a wonderful experience to play against a player who is a four-time senior national champion”, said Singh. He added, “It is a great honour for me that Kanetkar has offered me one month practice at his academy, where he will help me overcome my weaknesses, so I can bag a medal in the world championship.”
Singh said that he has won many medals at several international championships but, he wanted to win a medal at the world championship, which is his dream. The world championship is will be held in Cochin, Kerala from October 10 to 17.
It is the second time that Singh has qualified for the world championship. Earlier, in 2015, he had represented the country in world championship held in Sweden but couldn’t grab a medal.
Sharing a recent achievement, Singh mentioned that he had won a gold medal in men’s singles and a bronze medal in the doubles during Graham Thomas US Senior Badminton Championship held in Miami, Florida in January this year. Believes in time management: Singh works as a lower division clerk at Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) and while performing his duty at the department, he manages to take time out for his badminton practice.
“I wake up at 5am and till 7am I work on my fitness and stamina. From 9am to 2pm I perform my duty at the department and from 3.30pm to 7.30pm I practice to hone my game”, Singh informed.