Parents should keep their kids away from age fraud: Jwala Gutta

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Konark, Dhriti became champion at Pune District Ranking Mini Open Badminton Tournament organized by Dhanya Nayar’s BadmintNAIR

Pune, Feb 2: Parents should keep their children away from the menace of age fraud, advised former Commonwealth Games champion and World medalist badminton player Jwala Gutta at the prize distribution ceremony of Pune District Ranking Mini Open Badminton Tournament organized by Dhanya Nayar’s BadmintNAIR at Kharadi on Sunday. The doubles specialist player said: “Age fraud is a common practice. The child may not realise but something like this is done to them, which is wrong. Remember, it is never the child who changes the date of birth. The parents and coaches do. Shortcuts don’t take you anywhere. You need to look yourself in the mirror. Need to do the correct things. Kids observe what their parents do.

Jwala said she came from Hyderabad to support her former teammate and fellow player Dhanya. She said academies by former players will help the sport find a proper structure. “Academies like this (BadmintoNair) are very important for the growth of the sport. We are a country of 130 crore people and there are not enough academies for so many players. Every player is unique in his/her own way and such academies will help the young players take their game further. I came here to support Dhanya in her venture and at the same time, I wanted to tell the young parents that sport is not just a pass time activity. It can be taken seriously and professionally. Sports is not just a good habit, it is also a very respectable profession now,” she said.

The champion player also gave a piece of advice to the parents of budding players present at the function. “Sports teaches how to deal with failures as well as wins. It teaches the kids to be independent. I would advice the parents to make the kids more independent and trust their coaches and themselves,” Jwala Gutta added.

Konark Inchekar, Dhriti Joshi, Yutika Chavan and Sachet Tripathi became champion in Pune District Ranking Mini Badminton Tournament organized by BadmintNAIR institute of famous player Dhanya Nair. Vihan Kolhade and Khyati Katre also bagged titles.

This tournament was organized at BadmintonAIRE at Kharadi. In boys under 13 category, Konark beat Adarsh Raut by 15-8, 15-7. Konark was given top seeding. In doubles final Ishaan Lagu and Ojas Joshi became champion. They defeated Adarsh Raut and Sachet Tripathi by 15-12, 15-12. In girls under 13 Yutika defeated Yashavee Kale by 15-6, 10-15, 15-8 in interesting finals.

In girls under 11, Dhriti beat Khyati Katre by 15-11, 15-10. Khyati had earlier won the title in girls under 9 in which she trounced Reya Deshpande by 15-3, 15-3 in one sided match. In boys under 11, Sachet Tripathi beat Viraj Saraf by 15-11, 15-11 and won the title. In boys under 9, Vihan Kolhade won the title when he defeated Chinmay Wankhede by 16-14, 15-13.