Girish Sharma: The inspiration

Blog by: Raj Kishan

Girish Sharma: The inspiration

We expect life to throw lemons at us, because we have planned to make lemonade, but what if your lemonade plans are hindered by life, because it throws stones at you? What would you rather do, stop? Or find a way around it!

“Jump! And you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fly.” Courage is what we need! Here is someone who would encourage you to jump and try to extend your wings and motivate you to fly.

Girish Sharma, the great badminton player is an inspiration to millions of people in India and around the world; 2 gold medals at The National championship for the physically-challenged, representing India in Israel and winning 2 silver medals in both singles and doubles, represented India in Thailand, and to top all of this , gold medal at Paralympics Asia Cup. The feats sound impressive already, right? Wait till you hear the story.

Girish Sharma, now 32 years of age, lost his right leg in a train accident when he was at the tender age of two! While other people might sunk into depression, this champion, never stopped believing in his dreams. The champ had always wanted to serve his nation as an army man, and make India proud. Unfortunately, considering his hurdles, the disability, that dream became rather unreachable. But the victors don’t stop at that. Never! And being the winner, that he is, Girish, simply found and took another route to achieve his dream.

Born in Rajkot to an Indian Railway employee, Sharma has from a very young age loved outdoor sports and has always been athletic. His brother- a football player- accompanied him to a sports club, where he fell in love with badminton. When he turned 16, he decided that he wanted to play the sport professionally. He got under a training program and then underwent basic training of the sport after which he learned of the physically challenged national games.

The second ranked, in both singles and doubles, champion player, Girish, understandably, had to face a lot of difficulties, as a child it is especially hard, but his mental strength and spirit never wavered.
He says, “When I was a child, I used to play Cricket, Football, and Badminton with normal children of my age. My disability was nowhere near in my mind. I enjoyed those games as much as a normal person does.” Such spirit!

Success does not come easy and Girish knows that. The champ, trains 6 hours a day, he has got one strong leg that he just doesn’t play standing but he moves around the court continuously hit the shuttlecock. Among the many difficulties, financial aspects are the main hindrances, it takes him about 80k to 90k to participate in competitions and neither the government nor the sponsors support him. He has first hand witnessed how other countries treat their players and expects our government to help him too. And for sponsors he says that it isn’t really easy, Girish says “When I meet companies and ask for their sponsorship for my trip, first thing that ask me is that who watch your sports? Now, this is truly insulting one.”

The hardship has taken a toll on him, but winners never quit! Girish does not want to stop at just stop at medals he wants to improve the sports reforms, especially for the physically challenged. He wants to disabled sports quota, to this end and help the aspiring sportsmen.

Girish is an example for us lazy youngsters! Let’s wake up and jump and try to fly.

Saina Nehwal : The Champion

Blog by : Khusboo Kothatri

Saina Nehwal : The Champion

“You can’t put a limit on anything . The more you dream ,the farthest you get.”

Saina Nehwal was born on 17 March 1990,is an Indian professional badminton singles player. She won gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games in women’s singles after defeating  P. V. Sindhu after which she became the first Indian to win 2 singles gold in commonwealth games. Saina Nehwal, the former world no. 1 has won over twenty three international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. In 2015, she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking, thereby becoming the only female player from India and overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat. She has represented India three times in the Olympics, winning bronze medal.

She has achieved several milestones in badminton for India and made us provide . She is the first Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal, along with being the only Indian to have won the BWF World Junior Championships or to have reached to the final of the BWF World Championships that was time she became Indian’s inspiration and proved herself . In 2006, Nehwal became the first Indian female and the youngest Asian to win a 4-star tournament. She also has the distinction of being the first Indian to win a Super Series title. She is a role model to many young badminton players.

She is one of the most successful Indian sportperson, she is credited for increasing the popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, the Government of India  conferred the Padma Bhushan on her. She also  won the nation’s top two sporting honours, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award. She was born in Hindu Jat family in Hisar. She  also has a brown belt in Karate. In 2002, sports brand Yonex offered to sponsor Saina’s kit. As her status and rankings improved, the sponsorships increased. In 2004, BPCL signed the rising star. She is one of the athletes supported by Olympic Gold Quest. She is the brand ambassador of Sahara India Pariwar.  She endorses Herbal life , Top Ramen Noodles ,Fortune Cooking Oil, NECC, Indian Overseas Bank, Vaseline, Sahara and Yonex. Recently  she was announced as the brand ambassador for Honor, the Huawei smartphone sub-brand.

She had signed an endorsement deal worth Rs. 400 million with the popular sports management firm Rhiti Sports in 2012. She severed this deal in 2013 and signed up with KWAN entertainment and marketing solutions for an undisclosed sum. She has a dedicated sporting range with the multinational sports goods manufacturer Yonex, 4% of the profits of which goes to her. Apart from endorsements, she has also been invited on popular Indian television shows as a guest including Satyamev Jayate, Comedy Nights with Kapil, The Kapil Sharma Show.

She has devoted herself to the country and has encouraged women and girls to play and be selfstanding. She is a real example of leading sports women. This lines define her “Winners never quit and quitters never wins”.

APARNA POPAT

Blog by : Anuradha Guha

APARNA POPAT

Aparna Popat is an Indian ex-badminton player. She was born in Mumbai on 18th January,1978. Her parents were Lalji Popat and Heena Popat. She finished her schooling in J.B. Petit High School and pre-university course in Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She got a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Mumbai University.

Anil Pradhan, a National Champion, was the first to recognize the spark of talent in the 8-yr old Aparna. He was approached by her parents for her training. She started playing from 1986. She was taught many essential skills under his tutelage.

To further expand her capabilities, she shifted to the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Bangalore in 1994. Here, she received training under the acclaimed badminton player, Prakash Padukone himself. To enrich her experience further, she shifted to the Sports Authority of India training center at Kengeri, Bangalore. Here, Gangula Prasad was the coach and mentor.

In 1997, Aparna won her first Senior National title, in Hyderabad. In 1998, she was the winner of the French Open. Also in the same year, she won a silver medal for her performance in the Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lampur. Aparna went on to win the Senior Nationals for 8 consecutive years. She won her last Senior Nationals in 2006 in Bangalore after defeating 15-year old Saina Nehwal.

Aparna Popat won the ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2005. Despite facing many hurdles in her career, she made a place for herself in the sports field by sheer determination and courage. Hers, is an inspiring story.

Aparna was one of the 17 participants to be selected, and the only Indian at that, to be chosen for the Global Sports Mentoring Program, an initiative taken by Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State and espnW. This programe was undertakes by her with vision of empowering women and girls throughout the world.

The highlights of Aparna Popat’s achievements are- Participation in 2 Olympic Games, 1 Asian Games, 1 Silver medal at the World Junior Championships in 1996 and 4 medals in the 3 Commonwealth Games appearances. She was quoted saying the following about the Commonwealth Games- “The Commonwealth Games mixed doubles is challenging because \Great Britain has a strong team. So mixed doubles will be a little dicey, but I believe we have a shot a Gold Medal across five categories.

Popat’s career was greatly influenced by the co9ntribution of her coaches. When her first coach, Anil Pradhan saw her play, he told her parents-“Give me this girl to train and I will put her on the map of India.” Popats also advises parents to trust their children’s coaches. She says- “It is important to trust coaches and their plans. Any negative comments on the coach or the politics of the sport in the child’s presence may have an adverse effect on his or her growth.” She also highlights the important role parents play in their children’s lives. She was quoted saying- “What parents say touches a chord with kids, which is why you have to choose your words carefully while communicating with children.”

 

 

P V Sindhu – An Olympic Medalist

Blog by : Zainab Suratwala

P V Sindhu – An Olympic Medalist

 

Pusarla Venkata Sindhu or popularly known as PV Sindhu is a professional Indian badminton player who has earned huge fame after winning the silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016. By winning this, she became a youngest Indian woman who won the silver medal in Olympics. After Saina Nehwal, she became the second Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal. Her father and mother both were the professional volleyball players.

Sporty beginning

Although both her parents were the volleyball players, but Sindhu started playing badminton at an age of 8 and got motivation from Pullela Gopichand’s win in All England Badminton Championship at 2001.

Sindhu then continued her badminton journey with some consistent performances in various national & international tournaments. Some of her notable achievements include; Silver in women’s singles in Iran Fajr International challenge at 2010, and Asia Youth U19 Championship at 2012 and Bronze at the World Championship in year 2012 & 2014.

Hard Core Training

Many would not be aware of her diligence that she puts in the training process. This 19 year old is working out hard with her coach Gopichand from 4.15am daily for last 3 years.

Sindhu scripted history just by becoming first Indian to win 2 end-to-end medals in World Badminton Championships.

Best endorsement for Sindhu is Gopichand’s words regarding her commitment and dedication towards the sport: “Most amazing feature in her game is her never-say-die kind of spirit.”

Her Dedication

PV Sindhu has never yet stopped to look for new challenge to overcome, and her dedicated belief in her abilities has also helped her to go a very long way.

Everything is possible in sport, and in any field, only if we put the hard work and dedication. There must not be any kind of inhibitions when you set your goals. What come may, be focused and you will get there one day.

Awards & Rewards

  • She got honoured by Arjuna Award for the badminton in year 2013. She was also honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2016. Both of these are prominent awards that are given to sports person in India.
  • PV Sindhu made history by becoming youngest Indian woman earning the Silver medal in Rio Olympics 2016.
  • In year 2015, Indian Government honoured her with Padma Shri award. This is a fourth biggest civilian honour that is awarded in India.

Diet Plan

Coach of Sindhu, Gopichand totally banned on sugars, sweets, junk foods, and unhealthy food items from her diet. As said sugar may cause inflammation and can spoil your body from the recovery. He told that champion and athlete must follow the ban to get their body fit for the sports.

Daily meal of Sindhu is monitored consistently. Real challenge with PV Sindhu is that her hunger is quite less than the normal. She is provided with the measured and high-calorie nutritious meal each time and then followed with the food supplements. Even, when playing sports she sips on some supplement drinks. This is the high-energy boosting as well as protein drink.

Aparna Popat : The Winner of Senior Nationals for 9 years in a row

Blog by : Anuradha Guha

Aparna Popat is an Indian ex-badminton player. She was born in Mumbai on 18th January,1978. Her parents were Lalji Popat and Heena Popat. She finished her schooling in J.B. Petit High School and pre-university course in Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She got a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Mumbai University.  

Anil Pradhan, a National Champion, was the first to recognize the spark of talent in the 8-yr old Aparna. He was approached by her parents for her training. She started playing from 1986. She was taught many essential skills under his tutelage.  

To further expand her capabilities, she shifted to the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, Bangalore in 1994. Here, she received training under the acclaimed badminton player, Prakash Padukone himself. To enrich her experience further, she shifted to the Sports Authority of India training center at Kengeri, Bangalore. Here, Gangula Prasad was the coach and mentor.  

In 1997, Aparna won her first Senior National title, in Hyderabad. In 1998, she was the winner of the French Open. Also in the same year, she won a silver medal for her performance in the Commonwealth Games held in Kuala Lampur. Aparna went on to win the Senior Nationals for 8 consecutive years. She won her last Senior Nationals in 2006 in Bangalore after defeating 15-year old Saina Nehwal.  

Aparna Popat won the ‘Arjuna Award’ in 2005. Despite facing many hurdles in her career, she made a place for herself in the sports field by sheer determination and courage. Hers, is an inspiring story.  

Aparna was one of the 17 participants to be selected, and the only Indian at that, to be chosen for the Global Sports Mentoring Program, an initiative taken by Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State and espnW. This programe was undertakes by her with vision of empowering women and girls throughout the world.  

The highlights of Aparna Popat’s achievements are- Participation in 2 Olympic Games, 1 Asian Games, 1 Silver medal at the World Junior Championships in 1996 and 4 medals in the 3 Commonwealth Games appearances. She was quoted saying the following about the Commonwealth Games- “The Commonwealth Games mixed doubles is challenging because \Great Britain has a strong team. So mixed doubles will be a little dicey, but I believe we have a shot a Gold Medal across five categories. 

Popat’s career was greatly influenced by the co9ntribution of her coaches. When her first coach, Anil Pradhan saw her play, he told her parents-“Give me this girl to train and I will put her on the map of India.” Popats also advises parents to trust their children’s coaches. She says- “It is important to trust coaches and their plans. Any negative comments on the coach or the politics of the sport in the child’s presence may have an adverse effect on his or her growth.” She also highlights the important role parents play in their children’s lives. She was quoted saying- “What parents say touches a chord with kids, which is why you have to choose your words carefully while communicating with children.” 

 

Girish Sharma: The inspiration

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Blog by: Raj Kishan

We expect life to throw lemons at us, because we have planned to make lemonade, but what if your lemonade plans are hindered by life, because it throws stones at you? What would you rather do, stop? Or find a way around it!

“Jump! And you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fly.” Courage is what we need! Here is someone who would encourage you to jump and try to extend your wings and motivate you to fly.

Girish Sharma, the great badminton player is an inspiration to millions of people in India and around the world; 2 gold medals at The National championship for the physically-challenged, representing India in Israel and winning 2 silver medals in both singles and doubles, represented India in Thailand, and to top all of this , gold medal at Paralympics Asia Cup. The feats sound impressive already, right? Wait till you hear the story.

Girish Sharma, now 32 years of age, lost his right leg in a train accident when he was at the tender age of two! While other people might sunk into depression, this champion, never stopped believing in his dreams. The champ had always wanted to serve his nation as an army man, and make India proud. Unfortunately, considering his hurdles, the disability, that dream became rather unreachable. But the victors don’t stop at that. Never! And being the winner, that he is, Girish, simply found and took another route to achieve his dream.

Born in Rajkot to an Indian Railway employee, Sharma has from a very young age loved outdoor sports and has always been athletic. His brother- a football player- accompanied him to a sports club, where he fell in love with badminton. When he turned 16, he decided that he wanted to play the sport professionally. He got under a training program and then underwent basic training of the sport after which he learned of the physically challenged national games.

The second ranked, in both singles and doubles, champion player, Girish, understandably, had to face a lot of difficulties, as a child it is especially hard, but his mental strength and spirit never wavered.
He says, “When I was a child, I used to play Cricket, Football, and Badminton with normal children of my age. My disability was nowhere near in my mind. I enjoyed those games as much as a normal person does.” Such spirit!

Success does not come easy and Girish knows that. The champ, trains 6 hours a day, he has got one strong leg that he just doesn’t play standing but he moves around the court continuously hit the shuttlecock. Among the many difficulties, financial aspects are the main hindrances, it takes him about 80k to 90k to participate in competitions and neither the government nor the sponsors support him. He has first hand witnessed how other countries treat their players and expects our government to help him too. And for sponsors he says that it isn’t really easy, Girish says “When I meet companies and ask for their sponsorship for my trip, first thing that ask me is that who watch your sports? Now, this is truly insulting one.”

The hardship has taken a toll on him, but winners never quit! Girish does not want to stop at just stop at medals he wants to improve the sports reforms, especially for the physically challenged. He wants to disabled sports quota, to this end and help the aspiring sportsmen.

Girish is an example for us lazy youngsters! Let’s wake up and jump and try to fly.

PV Sindhu to lead charge at Japan Open

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Newly-crowned Korea Open champion, PV Sindhu will take aim at a third Super Series title this season even as Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal return to action at the USD 325,000 Japan Open starting with the qualifiers on September 19.

Sindhu, who had dropped the second game before defeating Minatsu Mitani last week in the Korea Open, will once again take on the Japanese in the opening round this week.

The 22-year-old shuttler avenged her World Championship heart-break by beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a pulsating summit clash of Korea Open to claim her second Super Series title of the season.

Sindhu might meet world champion Okuhara for the third straight tournament if she can get past Mitani and the Japanese do the same against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in their respective openers.

World No. 8 Srikanth, who clinched the Indonesia Super Series premier and Australia Super Series, will face a tricky customer in China’s World No. 10 Tian Houwei in the opening round.

Srikanth, who had also reached the final at Singapore Open, has lost six times to Houwei in their seven meetings and five of those matches have gone into the decider.

Glasgow World Championship bronze medallist Saina, who had a slight thigh strain, will return to action with a clash with Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong, an opponent she had defeated in the finals en route to the Malaysia Masters title early this year.

PV Sindhu beats Nozomi Okuhara to win Korea Open Super Series

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

India’s PV Sindhu won her third Super Series title beating Nozomi Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in the women’s singles final of the Korea Open in a thrilling encounter in Seoul on Sunday. Sindhu, who had lost to Okuhara in an epic World Badminton Championships final three weeks back, got the better of the eighth seed in an encounter that lasted one hour and 24 minutes.

After Okuhara dominated the proceedings early on, Sindhu managed to save two game points and won the first game before being trounced by a ten-point margin in the second. Sindhu, seeded fifth in the tournament, got her act together in the third and the final game to take the title, her second Super Series win this year after India Open.

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PV Sindhu enters Korea Open final, faces Okuhara

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Three weeks after the heart-breaking loss in the World Championships final, PV Sindhu will get a chance to avenge that defeat as she squares up against world champion Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash of the Korea Open Super Series in Seoul.

The two 22-year-olds, who were involved in the second longest match of women’s singles at the Worlds final, are expected to entertain the crowd once again at another major final. The young shuttlers, who are tipped to dominate world badminton in the next couple of years, have registered contrasting victories in the semi-finals on Saturday.

While fifth seed Sindhu needed three games to get past sixth seed He Bingjiao of China in one hour and six minutes 21-10, 17-21, 21-16, Okuhara had an easy outing against her teammate Akane Yamaguchi in just 38 minutes 21-17, 21-18.

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BFY provides training for Personal Trainers and courses in Sports nutrition and Diet in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Dehradun, Jaipur, Lucknow, Gurgaon.

BFY also provides Placements Services in India.