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Rising star of Badminton- Tasnim Mir becomes the first Indian girl to claim U-19 Singles World No 1 status

While Tasnim Mir became the first Indian girl to achieve the no 1 ranking in Junior Badminton circuit, Aditya Joshi, Siril Verma, and Lakshya Sen are the Indian boys who previously got this honour.

Tasnim Mir has managed to surpass the achievement of  Olympic medallists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu in Junior category. The BWF Junior rankings started in 2011 when Saina Nehwal had already graduated to the senior level. Sindhu, however, has been a World No. 2 in the Juniors during her U-19 days. Another Indian shuttler, Samiya Imad Farooqui, came close but could only reach the second spot in the junior rankings.

Tasnim, who hails from Gujarat, became World No 1 on the basis of her last year’s stellar run when she secured three junior international titles- Bulgarian Junior Championship, Alpes International and Belgian Junior.
 
“I can’t say that I expected this. I thought I will not be able to become no 1 as tournaments were getting affected by COVID-19 but I won three events in Bulgaria, France and Belgium. So I am really excited and happy that finally I could become the world no 1. It is a great moment for me,” Tasnim told PTI.
 
Tasnim has been training under Indonesian coach Edwin Iriawan at the Assam Badminton Academy in Guwahati for the last four years. She got her first lessons on Badminton from her father Irfan Mir, who is a badminton coach and also ASI in Mehsana police. She won national championships in under-13, under-15 and under-19 girls’ singles categories. In 2019, Tasnim won the Asian U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships in Indonesia and in 2020 she emerged victorious at the President Cup Nepal Junior International Series 2020 in Kathmandu.

About Poulomi Kundu

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’.

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