Gujarati’s Tasnim Mir is India’s first No. 1 in badminton under-19, casting an eye on the major leagues

New Delhi: Sixteen-year-old Tasnim Mir became India’s number one junior world number one in badminton on Wednesday.

According to the latest rankings of the World Badminton Federation (BWF), the next highest ranked Indian is another 16-year-old, Anupama Upadhyaya, who jumped 29 places and came in tenth place.

Tasnim Mir, who is from Mehsana in Gujarat, climbed three places in the rankings from fourth to first, after winning three junior titles in Bulgaria, France and Belgium late last year.

Mir’s father Irfan Mir is a badminton coach and former player, while her brother Mohammad Ali Mir is a former state-level title winner.

“When I was seven, I followed my father to the stadium just to watch badminton. At first I started playing for fun, but as I was good at it, I gradually started training with my father … He was my first badminton partner, and my first badminton match was with him, ”she told Hindustan Times in a recent interview.

After initially training at the Pullela Gopicand Greater Noida Academy from 2017 onwards, Mir moved at Guwahati’s Assam Badminton Academy 2020 to train with her mixed doubles partner Ayan Rashid and continue to train there.

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‘Now I will focus entirely on the senior circle’

said Mir PTI that she had unexpectedly this achievement is due to the impact of Covid-19 on the international badminton calendar last year, but is already focusing on taking the next step, moving from junior badminton to the major leagues.

“From now on, I will focus entirely on the senior round and look forward to playing in Iran and Uganda next month. Now my goal is to improve my senior rank. If I manage to weave some good performances and enter the top 200 by the end of the year, that would be great, ”the agency said quoted she says.

The teenager has received numerous praises and accolades from public figures such as Gujarat DGP Ashish Bhatia, Gujarat Cricket Federation Vice President Dhanraj Nathwani and State Minister of Railways and Textiles Darshana Jardosh, for her rise in the rankings.

(Edited by Gitanjali Das)

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