Mumbai8 minutes agoAuthor: Ashish Rai
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Nagpur’s Malvika Bansod, who entered the badminton court at the age of just 8, created history on Thursday. She knocked out 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and former number one Saina Nehwal at the Indian Open in just 34 minutes. Malavika registered the biggest win of her career by defeating Saina 21-17, 21-9 in the second round of women’s singles.
Malvika’s parents, who have studied at Shivaji Science College in Nagpur, are dentists. Her mother got her master’s degree in sports science only so that she could give the right direction to her daughter’s sports career. From childhood, Malvika was top in both studies and sports. Malavika, who has secured more than 90 percent marks in class 10th and 12th, is currently pursuing engineering from SRM University, Chennai.
Mother left Nagpur for daughter
Malavika’s father Dr Prabodh Bansod runs a dental clinic in Nagpur and is helped by his wife Dr Tripti Bansod in this work. Talking exclusively to Dainik Bhaskar, Dr. Bansod told that his mother has played an important role in the success of Malavika. Malvika has been training with coach Sanjay Mishra in Raipur for the last three years. Dr. Trupti is staying with her after leaving Nagpur to ensure that Malvika does not face any problem and her training is not hindered. On the daughter’s success today, the father said that this is a step and Malvika has to achieve many more milestones in the coming time. Malvika is currently training in Raipur.
The whole family tried that Malavika never lacks anything during the game.
Big celebration will happen when daughter comes to Nagpur
Dr Prabodh further told that he and his entire family are very happy on this success of his daughter. There are still a few more tournaments that Malavika has to participate in. When Malvika comes to Nagpur after her completion, the whole family has made preparations for a big celebration here.
According to Dr. Bansod, her mother is a major contributor to Malavika’s success.
The family took care of Malvika at every step
Dr Prabodh told that when Malvika started playing, there was neither synthetic badminton court in Nagpur nor good training system, but we provided her every facility which a good player needs. Mental support is very important in sports, so we have helped Malavika every step of the way. Dr Bansod said that we never let Malvika feel lack of anything, which was the reason why she could focus completely on her sports. According to Dr. Bansod, her mother is a major contributor to Malavika’s success.
Malavika has also been awarded with many awards.
A firm from Nagpur helped financially
When Malavika started participating in sub-junior and junior level tournaments, the family realized that the cost of international travel to participate in the tournament was going to be high and finding sponsorship was difficult. After earning a good name in sports at the junior level, Nagpur-based Vishwaraj Infrastructure Limited has signed a five-year contract with Malvika. This company gives Malavika Rs 4 lakh every year, as well as bears the cost of coaching, nutrition and fitness.
harmony between sports and studies
On the basis of her experience in synchronizing studies with sports, Malavika said that some things need to be taken care of in order to integrate sports and studies. There is a need to make the academic system responsive to the needs of women players, because women players also do not want to lose their studies along with winning medals for the country. Due to this, there will be no need to choose any one in sports and studies in front of women. The whole family made every effort that Malavika should never lack anything during the game.
Malvika is currently training in Raipur.
Malavika did wonders in junior level too
Malvika had also achieved success in junior and youth category before achieving international success at senior level. Malvika first won the Under-13 category title at the state level, then became the champion in Under-17 as well. Malavika won three gold medals in the Indian School Games Federation competitions. At the same time, Malavika has won nine gold medals in the junior and senior category tournaments at the national level.
She made a stellar debut at the senior international level in 2019 by winning the title of the International Future Series badminton tournament played in Maldives. Malvika, a left-hander, proved that Maldives’ success was not in a jiffy by winning the Annapurna Post International Series title in Nepal within a week. She has also won gold medal in Asian School Badminton Championship and South Asian Under-21 Regional Badminton Championship.
Malavika won many awards in her name
Malavika has caught the attention of the Government of India and various sports organizations with her stellar performance. Till now he has also received many sports honors. Among them, Nag Bhushan Award, Khelo India Talent Identification Development Scheme and Target Olympic Podium Scheme have been honored.
taiju ying Malvika’s favorite player
The current world No. 1 Chinese Taipei’s Taizu Ying is Malavika’s favorite player. Apart from this, he also likes Chinese superstar Lin Dan. In other sports, Roger Federer is Malavika’s hero.
Malavika is very fond of reading books
Apart from sports, Malavika is very fond of reading. She reads newspapers, magazines, novels etc. for hours.