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  • Varun Kapur ranks No. 2 Globally in under-19 Badminton Category

    Published on January 12, 2021

    India’s Varun Kapur ranks #2 in the World in Under-19 Badminton category, according to the latest rankings issued by Badminton World Federation (BWF).

    Varun started playing badminton from the age of 7 in Calcutta under Badal Bhattacharyya and Laltu Guha till he was 11. His passion for badminton propelled him to move to Pune in 2015 for training under Nikhil Kanetkar, a former Olympian, who represented India at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

    Varun has matured as a player over the years & the international exposure which he got from an early age gave him the confidence & belief. Along with planning, his belief in our system was very important. Becoming World No.2 in Under 19 Boys Singles will definitely boost his confidence. I am sure he will work harder so that he can make a mark in the Senior Ranks & do India proud in the years to come – Nikhil Kanetkar.

    I am very happy to know that Varun Kapur has moved to number 2 rank in the world Junior ranking. He is a very talented Junior Badminton player. I am sure that he will continue to perform better in the coming time as well. I wish him a bright future. Sanjay Mishra – Chief National coach for juniors

    While he was in the Under-15 and Under-17 category, he achieved a career high national ranking of no.2 in India and went on to represent India at the Asian Badminton Championships held in Myanmar. During his U-15 years he performed very well at the International stage winning 3 tournaments in Cyprus, Israel and Croatia. 

    The year 2018 was a breakthrough year for Varun. At the age of 15, he achieved a career high ranking of no.12 in the Badminton World Federation Junior Rankings (BWF U-19.)  Varun went on to win two BWF Junior tournaments in– Dubai and Slovakia, while he was a finalist at the Mongolia Junior International.

    In year 2019 – Varun, reached the finals of six International tournaments Croatia Cyprus, Russia, Lithuania, Dubai and Portugal winning three gold medals (Croatia, Cyprus and Lithuania), three silver medals (Russia, Dubai and Portugal) and a Bronze in Bulgaria. With his superlative performance throughout the year, Varun achieved a year end BWF U-19 ranking of no.10.

    Varun was selected to represent India at Asian Badminton Championships that were held in Indonesia in December of 2019.He then went on to play the U-17 National Championships in Bhubaneswar where he won a bronze medal.

    At the start of the year 2020 – Varun won a bronze medal at the third edition of the Khelo India games held in Guwahati in January. In February he was the Runners Up at the Hungary Junior International held in Pecs, Hungary. In November, Varun won the XII Portugal Junior International Series.

    Varun has an attacking game style, pretty similar to Indonesian badminton player, Taufik Hidayat. According to Varun, “My strength lies in my strokes and my speed on the court”. Moreover, he shows composure in high-intensity settings and that is what he’s learnt watching Lin Dan’s attractive game style. “I admire the fact that he always seems to  be in control of the game, no matter what the scoreline”.

    “Participation in sport has helped me in a lot of ways, like handling pressure, how to deal with failure and how to stay positive in tough times, which I think will help me in all spheres of life”, adds the young and confident player. And if not Badminton, Varun would be playing Football.