In the wake of putting on an amazing act at the Portuguese International Junior event prior in November, Varun Kapur from Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) has begun 2021 on a profession high as he is currently positioned World No 2 in the Under-19 Boys Singles class as the world body Badminton World Federation (BWF) delivered the rankings on Tuesday.
Talking about his positioning Varun stated, “It’s really weird because I have become World No 2 without playing most of the year before it. It was just two tournaments and the points have been carried over from what I played last year which was 2019. It’s been a weird way to get to it but I think the lockdown did not favour anyone and was equal for everyone.”
“I am happy with the achievement. It has been a wonderful journey so far. I would like to thank my parents, coaches at the academy, KSF for funding my tournaments and also Li-Ning for sponsoring my clothes and giving me all the equipment which I require”, Kapur added.
Talking about Varun’s accomplishment, Nikhil Kanetkar stated, “Varun has progressed rapidly over the last five years. We have worked with him in a very planned way and now we are seeing the results. He started with winning at local levels, then he became state champion and started shining at the national level. Thanks to Kanetkar Sports Foundation (KSF) he could play tournaments internationally. I knew he had the potential to be in the Top 3 in the world and by becoming World No 2 in the Under-19 Boys Singles he proved me right. In fact, if it were not for the pandemic, he was on his way to becoming World No 1.”
“His reaching this landmark is a result of his own and his parent’s belief in the system and training at NKBA. It is also a historic achievement for Pune and Mahalunge-Balewadi Sports Complex as it is the first time ever anyone has been officially ranked No.2 in the World in U-19 Boys Singles. Varun has a bright future and can do wonders for India if he is focused and works harder in the years to come. We would also like to thank the Government of Maharashtra for their strong support”, Kanetkar added.
Prior in November, Varun secured his sixth Junior worldwide title of his vocation at the XII Portuguese International Junior 2020 when he vanquished fourth-cultivated Diogo Gloria from Portugal 21-18, 21-13 to win the Under-19 crown.
Varun’s 2018-2020 Achievements
- Gold award Dubai Junior – 2018
- Gold award Slovakia Junior – 2018
- Gold award Croatia Junior – 2019
- Gold award Cyprus Junior – 2019
- Gold award Lithuania Junior – 2019
- Gold award Portugal Junior – 2020
- Silver award Russia Junior – 2019
- Silver award Dubai Junior – 2019
- Silver award Portugal Junior – 2019
- Silver award Hungary Junior – 2020
- Bronze award Bulgaria Junior-2019
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