Prince Dahal makes history clinching top ranking in World Junior Badminton

Published On: January 14, 2022 02:53 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Jan 14: Prince Dahal of Nepal has made history in badminton by climbing to the top ranking in the world’s junior badminton. 

The 19-year-old Dahal rose to the top position for the first time as per the ranking of men’s junior announced by the Badminton World Federation. He has secured 10,500 points to clinch the top position in junior badminton. This is the biggest success Nepali badminton has ever gained at the international level.

According to the ranking results announced by the Federation, the second top is Justin Whoha of Malaysia. He gained 9,590 points. 

Upon being announced the top junior badminton player, Dahal said his dream has materialized. He further explained he has been effortful to become the number one in badminton and was delighted enough to realize his dream had come true. 

“My attention will go to keep the title and also continue to perform well even in senior badminton tournaments in the future”, he shared. Dahal commented that there are limited tournament opportunities and training in Nepal.

He urged the state agencies to enable a proper environment for the players to grow in the country. Dahal further shared he was deprived of attending tournaments and training for long due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Dahal has been playing badminton since he was five. Dahal’s maternal uncle and manager Kamalesh Niraula said the top global ranking Prince achieved is a remarkable achievement for him and the country as well. 

Badminton coach Jayanta Shrestha said Dahal’s success has also encouraged other Nepali badminton players and overall sports lovers in Nepal. 

Dahal climbed to the 32nd position in the world ranking for the first time in 2019. In the 2020 global ranking, he rose to the 10th position. Later, he climbed to seventh position in 2019 and third position in 2021. The World Badminton Federation announces the ranking of senior and junior badminton players every week. 

Prince is now studying in grade 11 in Lagankhel, Kathmandu. Likewise, Nepal’s woman player Rasila Maharjan has reached the 19th position in the ranking published by the Federation in the women’s junior category.


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