Latest Badminton News and Articles

Hardship spurs Ratchanok and Sindhu (pic)

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Category: Badminton News Published: 12 August 2013
Written by BadmintonPlanet.com Hits: 224

ONE came from a poor family. The other had to sacrifice comfort for the sake of badminton. 

For both the 18-year-olds, Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand and P.V. Sindhu of India, hardship has taken them far in their badminton career and it was evident at the recent World Championships when they shone the brightest. 

Ratchanok stunned Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China in her own den to become the youngest player in the singles event of the series to win the world title while Sindhu took an instant hit in China after dumping defending champion Wang Yihan and former champion Wang Shixian. Up and coming: Women's singles champion Intanon Ratchanok of Thailand lifts up her Dongfeng Citroen Cup. On the podium with her is China's Li Xuerui (far left) and third place finishers India's P.V. Sindhu (second from right) and Korea's Bae Yeon Ju (right).

The three-time world junior champion Ratchanok, who hails from a poverty stricken family, was penniless when she picked up the sport but after reaching the All-England final for the first time this year, her fortunes changed. 

“I bought my parents their first car. They are now no longer labourers but are managing a school badminton hall,” said the soft-spoken Ratchanok.

Sindhu had travelled 46km ­– one way ­– every day for almost four years in order to train at P. Gopichand’s Academy. 
“My parents dropped me off every day. Sometimes, it was so tiring but I knew that these were the sacrifices that I had to make. My family eventually moved closer to my training place, but now, they travel the same distance to their work place. It is all about sacrifice,” said Sindhu.

Both Ratchanok and Sindhu are perfect role models for many Malaysian shuttlers, who have been enjoying a comfortable life. Even the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) juniors gets a daily allowance and enjoy the facilities.

Indonesia’s high performance director Rexy Mainaky said that hardship makes players stronger and increases their desire for more. 

On the rise: India's P.V Sindhu
On the rise: India's P.V Sindhu

On the rise: India's P.V Sindhu


“Many badminton players are pampered and live a very comfortable life. It is not wrong to enjoy a comfortable life but, sometimes, they need to experience suffering so that they will not take anything for granted,” said Rexy.

  • No comments found

Facebook

Twitter

Google Plus

Replays: French Open 2014

playbutton-2014-square-french-open

Watch Replays

  • Recent News
  • Popular
BAM, it's time to put together a stronger team around Chong Wei

To Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM):While the existin

We're not giving up on you, Chong Wei!

Kuala Lumpur: World number one Lee Chong Wei arrived at the

Scott Evans cruise to Bitburger Open semis

Germany: Ireland’s Scott Evans has made it to the semi-fin

Lin Dan joins torch relay for 2014 Youth Olympics

Nanjing: Two times Olympic gold medalist Lin Dan was one of

Video: Badminton is the most "dangerous" sport on earth

Hanoi: Thanks to the quick work of a match referee, no-one w

Carolina Marin Receives Sport Merit Royal Order

Madrid: The winner of 2014 BWF Badminton World Championships

Recommended Videos

  • 2013 Hong Kong Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Denmark Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Superseries Finals - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Korea Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 All England - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Indonesia Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 Japan Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Singapore Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 World Championships - Badminton Videos
  • 2013 India Open - Badminton Videos
  • 2014 Malaysia Open - Badminton Videos
Previous Next