As per the latest rankings released by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), Ritika Thaker, a 16-year-old student of CDS, Nagpur secured the No 1 spot in the Under-17 doubles along with her partner Simran Singh from Mumbai and secured the No 4 spot in the Under-17 singles in India.
Ritika has represented India on the international level. In the past, she has played at the Asian Badminton Championship in Bangkok and Indonesia and at the Open International Tournament in Israel. This young girl who comes from a family of badminton players wishes to play for India in the Olympics and bring laurels to the country someday.
Ritika, who will soon appear for her 10th boards, in a conversation with Nation Next, speaks about how she strikes a balance between her studies and her passion – badminton, the support she gets from her parents for her sporting career, and her favourite badminton player Caroline Martin. She also speaks about how good it would be if the Government of India sponsors the expenses of players who can’t afford to go to tournaments, her coaches Ajay Dayal and Robin Simons and reveals why she feels that a movie should be made on Badminton in India.
Team Nation Next wishes Ritika Thaker best of luck for her future and wishes all the success and glory for her and hopes that she makes India very proud someday, something which she wants herself!
Here’s the complete interview: