Pune, 25th May 2023: Raj Singh represented India at the Asia Pacific Masters held in Jeonbuk, South Korea, and showcased exceptional performance in the men’s badminton event. Competing in the over 55 age group, Raj Singh earned a bronze medal in the doubles category alongside his teammate Ajay Rawal from Pune.
They reached the finals but were defeated by Japan with a score of 23-21, 21-19. Raj Singh also made an impact in the singles event, reaching the semi-finals where he faced Indonesia’s Berta Made Chandra. Despite a spirited effort, he lost 21-16, 21-18 and settled for a bronze medal.
The Asia Pacific Masters witnessed the participation of over 13,000 players from 71 countries. The competition was held in Bangalore last year, and after being postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, it took place in South Korea in 2023. Raj Singh was one of the six Indian players selected for the Badminton tournament after successfully clearing the preliminary tests. Hailing from Shankarsheth Road, Pune, Raj Singh’s achievement has garnered praise and congratulations from various quarters of the city.
Expressing his joy, Raj Singh shared, “I have had a passion for badminton since childhood and have participated in numerous competitions, winning several prizes. However, this is my first medal in an international competition, and it brings a different kind of happiness. I would also like to dedicate this bronze medal to my protesting wrestler friends in Delhi.”