Nagpur's teenager Rohan Gurbani selected for the Badminton Junior World Championship

NAGPUR: Rohan Gurbani has been selected in the Indian squad for the BWF Junior World Badminton U19 Championship scheduled to take place in Kazan in Russia from September 30 to 13.

As reported by TOI on August 27, Rohan, 16, made the cut for the Indian team as one of four individual players. The talented city ferry will take second place in the singles after K Sathish Kumar of Tamil Nadu.

The Mixed Team Championship will be played from September 30 to October 5, while individual events will take place from October 7 to 13. Rohan will undergo a conditioning training camp two weeks before the entire team travels to Kazan on September 28.

Rohan, a student of Standard XI of Sandipani High School, Hazaripahad, will be the first male player in the city to represent the country in singles in the Junior Worlds. In 2017, Sourabh Kerhalkar became the first child to represent the country in Jr Worlds when he played in Indonesia as a mixed doubles player.

Last year, both Malvika Bansod and Ritika Thaker were chosen to wear the colors of India at the Junior World Championship in Canada. This year, the two teenage girls in the city skipped the selection tournaments in Panchkula and Bengaluru.

The Indian team was selected on the basis of performance in the two All India Junior Ranking tournaments held last month in Panchkula and Bengaluru. Rohan finished third in both tournaments. Maisnam Meiraba of Manipur and left-handed Pranav Rao Gandham of Telangana will be the other individual players in the Indian team.

Last year in October, Rohan, an apprentice of Prakash Padukone The Badminton Academy (PPBA) based in Bangalore, represented the country for the first time in the U-17 and U-15 in Asia Badminton Championship held in Myanmar.

The current national under-17 men's champion Rohan, who arrived in Bengaluru on Sunday after playing the international junior tournament in Pune, was happy with his national team, but he is not going crazy about it.

After doing well in the two selection tournaments, I expected a call. Obviously I'm happy with my selection, but I'm not too excited. The selection is fine, but I would be happier if I perform well in Russia. I want to excel at the biggest stage with solid performance. I still have four weeks with me to train hard and improve in some of the areas, Rohan told TOI from Bengaluru.

It is an honor to represent the country. I want to give credit to my parents, all the PPBA coaches and the support staff for my selection. Now it's my turn to make them proud by doing well in Junior Worlds, Rohan said