If Sudhanshu Medsikar misses one thing, it’s the regular college life of the average 18-year-old. But as a professional badminton player, his life, 24/7, is the sport. Having been selected to train at the P. Gopichand Badminton Academy, the athletic teenager now shuttles between Hyderabad and Pune. He hopes the newly formed Indian Badminton League will bring in not just more money for badminton in India, but recognition too—but worries that Pune should not lose its players to other cities.
What I want to be
I want to be the person whose poster will be hung up by upcoming players, who’ll look up to me. I’m hoping to get selected for the next IBL.
My idea of India
I believe India is disrespected by its own people. At other times, we see unity beyond imagination.
What religion means to me
I respect religion but it shouldn’t be given too much importance.
Who I will vote for
Anyone who represents the youth.
What makes me angry
I usually don’t get angry but I do when there is a good reason. Like the other day, I saw a 15-year-old smoke and I lost my temper. It also happens when people take my food!
I’m most proud of
I’ll always be proud of my parents.
To be the best son, the best badminton player and having whatever food I want to have without harming my fitness.
Lin Dan is my inspiration and whatever happens, he’ll always be the best.
My best friend
Neha and Omkar are people who pull me up every time I fall down.
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