Indian Para Shuttler Bags Two Bronze Medals in Spain

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Where there is a will, there is a way. This differently abled lad proves that just right. He has polished his competencies with determination, to his play to his advantage.

The recently-concluded Spanish Para-Badminton International 2017 held at Pabellón Municipal Alcudia, Majorca, Spain, witnessed an unseeded para shuttler, Sukant Kadam, saddening the form book by bagging the singles and doubles bronze medals.

The 24-year-old shuttler, who is a trainee at the badminton academy in Pune and is handicapped with disability in the left leg, won the doubles and singles bronze medals in the ‘SL 4’ class of the event in Spain. A former national singles badminton champion Nikhil Kanetkar runs the academy.

“My target was the gold in this competition, but once the draws were out I realized the going was going to be tough as I had the top seed in my path,” said Kadam.

Kadam played his first tournament of the year and the campaign ended unfortunately as he lost to the towering top-seed Lucas Mazur (France) 15-21 10-21 in the singles semis.

In doubles, the Sangli-born player and compatriot Umesh Vikram Kumar went down fighting to the second seeded English pair Daniel Bethell and Bobby Griffin with the scores 17-21 21-13 21-13.

This is the third time Kadam made a mark in the international competitions. Earlier, he won a doubles bronze in the Asian Championship in China held in 2016 and a singles bronze at the Ireland Para Badminton International earlier same year.In the four-player group stage in singles he surpassed his group with an all-win record that included the scalp of third seed Raul Anguiano (Guatemala) whom he beat with record 21-17 22-10.