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Smashing all records as he reaches for the kill

S. Annamalai
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He can't use his right hand due to congenital deformity

Determination to succeed drives this man to raise the bar each time he wins a medal either in India or abroad. This time, R. Badri Narayanan, son of a temple priest in suburban Othakadai, has returned home with a bronze medal in the men's singles at the Second France International Para Badminton Tournament, held in Rodez, France. This is not just one more addition to his kitty, but a reminder that he should scale new heights.

The left-handed Badri, who cannot use his right hand due to a congenital deformity, now wants to win more medals in the upcoming Asia Cup tournament. "I know I have to improve my skills. That is why I practise with normal players. My practice helps me react quickly while taking on the disabled players," says Badri. He took to sports to overcome his predicament.

As an athlete, initially, he won several medals in State and national events. When he broke into badminton, it has been a shower of medals. His success stories were scripted in several tournaments, including in England, Israel and Malaysia. But every time he embarks on a medal mission he experiences starting trouble. He is not in a position to undertake a foreign trip on his own. Badri has to depend on sponsors for participation in any tournament. There have been many local sponsors who have lent a helping hand to Badri. He has recently written to the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, seeking her good wishes and support. At present, his aim is to win the Asia Cup tournament, wherever it is held.

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