Malvika Bansod receives support to develop his badminton career

NAGPUR: The year 2019 was almost perfect for Malvika Bansod . Correspondingly, he finished the year with the best world ranking of 169 in his career when the Badminton The World Federation (BWF) updated the rankings on Tuesday, the last day of 2019.

The 18-year-old made a massive jump of 283 positions to reach 169 of a low 452 in the world ranking of single women. All this happened in just over three months when he made an international debut in the senior category with his participation in the Maldives International Future Series tournament in September. In addition to that, he has also won a lucrative five-year contract with Vishvaraj Infrastructure Ltd (VIL).

The spectacular performance of the teenager in form was noticed by GoSports Foundation , who has promised to help her boost her career.

Malvika is delighted with the latest development and believes that it will undoubtedly boost her career in a big way.

“I am grateful to the GoSports Foundation for extending the support. It’s an elite organisation and I am glad that I was chosen by them. I have been selected in a long-term athlete development programme on the basis of my performance in national and international tournaments,” Malvika told TOI on Wednesday.

Currently training in Raipur under the watchful eye of the main junior national coach, Sanjay Mishra, Malvika points to a place on the high-ranking Indian side sooner rather than later.

The forthcoming two All India Senior Ranking tournaments at Bengaluru (January 7 to 13) and Goa (January 15 to 20) are the selection trials for the Indian team that will compete in the Asian Badminton Championships next month.

“I want to thank my coach Sanjay Mishra for helping me improve my game in recent months. I am also grateful to MBA President Arun Lakhani and VIL, without whose support I would not have played or performed well, said Malvika, a student at Shivaji Science College.