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Strength of will:Boya Ramanjaneyulu took up badminton after flirting with tri-cycling and javelin briefly.- PHOTO: By Arrangement
Strength of will:Boya Ramanjaneyulu took up badminton after flirting with tri-cycling and javelin briefly.- PHOTO: By Arrangement

oya Ramanjaneyulu (28) has been confined to the wheelchair having been struck by polio when born. Yet, it has not stopped him from scripting a new chapter in the world of sports, having earned the right to represent India in the Para World Badminton Championship to be organised by the Badminton World Federation in Dortmund (Germany) next month.

Ramanjaneyulu, who runs an Internet centre in Vidyanagar, took up badminton after flirting with tri-cycling and javelin briefly. But, once he ran into former SAAP badminton coach Goverdhan Reddy at the Fateh Maidan Indoor Stadium, he decided to be a shuttler since 2008 and even finished fourth in an international meet held in Israel last year.

Training regularly on the Osmania University campus courts whenever he finds time, he has qualified for the World meet for the challenged by virtue of his silver in the doubles event (partnering Sanjeev Kumar) in the last Benguluru Nationals. And, in Germany next month, this Hyderabadi can compete in both singles and doubles.

“I love badminton and want to make it big in my own way,” says a confident Ramanjaneyulu even as he is delighted at the gesture of a philanthropist, Shilpa Kaleshwar of Penugonda (Anantapur), who donated Rs. 1 lakh towards the expenditure for participating in the World championship.

With encouragement from friends – Farooq Basha and Vigneshwar Rao – Ramanjaneyulu is keen to defy all odds and return with a creditable performance. “That I will be competing in my maiden world championship is itself a huge inspiration for me,” says amanjeyulu. A fan of Saina Nehwal, his dream is to win a medal and show it proudly to her.

Boya will represent India in the Para World Badminton Championship in Dortmund (Germany) next month


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