with Abhiruchi Bagora
DOB: 10th April 1988
State: Madhya Pradesh
Club: Malhar Krida Kendra, Indore
Abhiruchi Bagora is one of the few Indian players who have represented India in the world Pickleball stage. It was German Open 2019 and Abhiruchi won bronze in Women’s Doubles. That winning moment made her realise how one actually feels after winning an international medal for her country. Pickleball has given her that opportunity to feel the real.
“It is amazing when one wins internationally. Its the joy of sport, the spirit of sport that stretches beyond boundaries.”
Pickleball has given a new identity to Abhiruchi. The Indore girl saw Pickleball being played in college while she was pursuing her PG course. She felt that it was not a strenuous sport and that she could play it during her free time.
“One day I saw some folks playing this sport and after showing interest, Balwant Sir encouraged me to join the other players. Once I started playing, I started to gain some positive energy inside. Playing Pickleball in the morning always lifted me up for the whole day and thus I decided to live with this sport.”
Pickleball is being regularly played and practiced in Madhya Pradesh now. Many young talented players are coming up from certain areas of the state. Abhirucgi Bagora belongs to that bunch of players who is regarded as the future of Indian Pickleball.
“It has definitely increased my fitness level. But what is more important is that it provides an entire new experience of figuring out the true Abhiruchi. It comes with all positive thinking and confidence to me.”
Abhiruchi wants to participate in maximum tournaments as she knows that it will enhance her ability to compete with others. Interaction with other players in tournaments also keeps the momentum going for her. She gets aware of new players, skill level, gears, accessories and others. Moreover, she wants to encourage more girls in taking up Pickleball.
“Sky is the limit for women in India in this sport. Balwant Sir and his team is working hard to bring in more women players. This is a perfect game for every woman irrespective of her age and size. Pickleball has really taught me to fly high with the wings of sport.”
- Bronze in Women’s Doubles at German Open in Essen, 2019
- Bronze in Women’s Doubles at Jaipur Open in Jaipur, 2019
- Gold in Women’s Doubles at 3rd State Championship in Indore, 2019
- Bronze in Women’s Singles at 3rd State Championship in Indore, 2019
PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata.
After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata.
In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer.
Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream.
So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.