BAI announces Rs. 10 lakh cash reward for Lakshya Sen

Rising shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned reigning world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand to clinch a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championships in Jakarta.

Lakshya Sen claimed a straight-game victory over Thailand's Kunlavut VITIDSARN.   -  @BAI_Media

Badminton Association of India (BAI), on Sunday, announced a cash reward of Rs. 10 lakh for young shuttler Lakshya Sen, who became only the third Indian to win a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championship in Jakarta.

The 16-year-old from Uttarakhand took just 46 minutes to beat top-seed Kunlavut Vitidsaran of Thailand 21-19, 21-18 in the final to bag his maiden gold at the prestigious tournament. He had won a bronze in the last edition.

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An elated BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma lauded Lakshya’s historic feat, saying: "Lakshya has done the country proud. We have been investing on youngsters and we are happy seeing the dividends."

Ajay K. Singhania, BAI General Secretary, also congratulated the shuttler’s efforts.

"It was a great occasion for all of BAI family and officials to celebrate. Winning a medal in Asia is always good, but winning gold is even better. We are really proud of the teenager," said Singhania.