Two players who will be making their debut appearance at the Olympics will be Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy, who will lead the Indian Men’s doubles charge in Badminton.
Buss Sumeeth Reddy
When he was 16, he started competing in different championships and playing competitively.
It all began at Hyderabad in 2001, when Buss Sumeeth Reddy was compelled to play in a tournament because of his dad who was an athlete himself.
The tall lanky lad put a smile on himself when he was remembering the past.
His greatest influence and source of inspiration has been his dad who will see him play at the Rio Olympics 2016 along with compatriot Manu Attri in the Men’s Doubles event.
Born on 26th September 1991 at Gungal, Sumeeth is 182 cm tall and uses his height to his advantage in the badminton court. Currently residing in Hyderabad and training under Indian Badminton legend Pullella Gopichand, Sumeeth idolises him and his Dad. Lin Dan is his favorite player and when asked about the toughest opponent he ever faced he answered Cai Yun.
He had his first International Debut in the Junior level during the 2007 Asian Junior Badminton Championships, and went into the senior circuit in the 2012 China Super Series.
The memorable moments of his career so far came in the Asian Games Pre-quarter and All England 2015.
His highest ranking in Men’s doubles came in 2015 when he was ranked 17 and currently the right handed player is ranked 19 in BWF.
He started playing when he was 10 years old, at the sports stadium, Meerut. His dad was an athlete and he was a great motivation for Manu to take up the sport just like Sumeeth .
He competed in a major tournament in 2008 at the age of 16 and uses Yonex nanoray 750.
He idolises Lee Yong Dae & Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia and dreams of an Olympic medal.
In his opinion,toughest opponent he has ever faced were Mohammed Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan.
A cause dear to him is to donate his equipments to people who can’t afford it.
Prayers of all Indians are with them as they hope to achieve their dreams and conquer the world at the Rio Olympics 2016.