Aditya, 17, a resident of Dhar town in Madhya Pradesh, recently got the number one slot in the January rankings of the World Badminton Federation (WBF).
Aditya started playing badminton in 2001 when he was only five and very soon, he started winning in the categories above his age in the local tournaments.Within six years, he started proving himself at the international arena and clinched the gold in Remensco junior international tournament held in Russia in 2011. During the same year, he won a gold medal in Asian sub-junior championship held in Japan.
His victory in the national junior championship held at Chandigarh last month made way for his top ranking. Aditya was the national champion in 2013 and had won two gold medals in Junior International tournament held at Pune and a silver in the Senior National championship while his age corresponds to junior category.
Aditya trains with his father, Atul Kumar Joshi, a badminton coach at the Sports Authority of India training centre in his hometown Dhar.The B. Com first year student is not one to stop working after winning laurels. Doing well in the Asia Youth U-19 Championships in Taipei next month and in the World Junior Championships in Malaysia in April are among his main targets for the year.Joshi has also trained at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore.
JOSHI’S ACHIEVEMENTS U-16 Boys Singles Nationals title, Hyderabad, 2010
U-15 Boys Singles Bronze in Badminton Asia Confederation Youth Championships, 2010
U-17 Boys Singles Bronze in Badminton Asia Confederation Youth Championships, 2011
U-17 Boys Singles Silver in Junior National Championships, Jaipur, 2011
Boys Doubles title in Ramenskoe Junior Tournament 2011, Russia
U-17 Boys Singles National title, Imphal, 2012
U-19 Boys Singles Silver in Junior National Championships, Imphal, 2012
Gold in men’s singles and men’s doubles in Sushant Chipalkatti Memorial India Junior International Badminton Championships 2013, Pune
U-19 Boys Singles National title, Chandigarh, 2013.