Durg’s badminton player Akarshi Kashyap has made a big difference in the ongoing India Open Badminton Championship in New Delhi. Akarshi defeated Malvika Bansod of Maharashtra, who defeated Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinals. After this match he daily Told that he aims to represent India in the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris and win gold for the country.
On Friday, 20-year-old Akarshi defeated Malvika Bansod 21-12, 21-15. Akarshi, the only player from the state of Chhattisgarh playing with the ranking of 76th in the world, will improve after this match. She has remained India No. 1 in the senior rankings for two consecutive years. Her victory also became significant as Malvika had defeated Olympic medalist Saina Nehwal in the same tournament a day earlier. With this win, Akarshi has reached the semi-finals of the India Open Badminton Championship.
Credit for success with parents
Akarshi gives the credit of this success to her parents. Akarshi’s father Dr. Sanjeev Kashyap is a dermatologist in Durg. He told Akarshi the value of time. Ever since he started playing badminton, he used to pick her up every morning at 4 am and then take her to practice. He used to stay with her even during the training. Later, seeing his passion and talent, he was sent to Hyderabad for advanced training.
Akarshi is accompanied by her mother to every tournament. There she takes full care of his nutrition. National Champion in Under-15 Singles, National Champion in Under-17 and 19 Singles twice, Gold Medalist in Khelo India, Gold Medalist in Asian Games, Bronze in Bahrain International Challenge. He has 50 gold medals, 22 silver medals and 15 bronze medals to his name so far.
Doesn’t leave practice even after coming home from Hyderabad
Akarshi told that she currently practices at Hyderabad Suchitra Badminton Academy. From there, when she comes to her home in Durg, she practices in her college. His coach in the college is Shivyogi. She wakes up at 4 in the morning and goes to training. She practices in the gym from 9 to 11 and then in the badminton court from 2:30 to 5 in the afternoon.
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Started playing at the age of 8
Akarshi Kashyap started playing badminton from the age of 8. Due to his dedication and hard work by practicing at Bhilai Indoor Stadium, he performed well at the state level and national level. In the year 2014, she became the Under-15 National Champion. 2 times Under-17 National Champion. Has been a 2 time Under-19 champion. Represented India in the 2018 International Game.
The goal is to bring gold in the Olympics
Akarshi’s target is to bring gold medal in Olympic Games. She is working hard to improve her ranking so that she can represent India in 2024 Paris Olympics and 2028 Olympics.