At the last two Olympic Games, India won a medal in badminton. Saina Nehwal got a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and PV Sindhu won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the singles event. Chirag Shetty and Satwigsairaj Rankireddy, a male combo, will carry our dreams of capturing another medal in the badminton doubles event in Tokyo 2020. Let's learn more about Chirag Shetty, who could perhaps be a source of pride for India at the Olympics.
Bio of Chirag Shetty
Chirag Shetty was born on July 4, 1997, in Mumbai and was fortunate to have supportive parents throughout his development as a badminton player. Chirag and his daughter Arya Shetty were encouraged by their father Chandrashekhar Shetty to participate in any sport. He preferred an individual sports event since he is familiar with the shady politics of team sports selection. Chirag picked badminton since it can be played alone or with a partner, but the doubles became his primary event.
Chirag demonstrated early on that he had a lot of promise in the sport. His school, Ryan International, crowned him badminton champion. At the Uday Pawar Academy, he began his professional career. He came to Hyderabad to join the Gopichand Academy, one of the premier factories of world-class players, as he emerged as one of India's burgeoning badminton talents. Satwigsairaj Rankireddy, his doubles partner from Andhra Pradesh, was there.
Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy are a fantastic pair.
The Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy combination had fantastic chemistry and quickly rose to fame. Six Badminton World Federation series gold medals have been won by the young duo (2016 – Mauritius International, India International series, Tata Open India International, Bangladesh International). Vietnam International in 2017, and Brazil International in 2019.
They won the Hyderabad Open in 2018 and the Thailand Open in 2019. They also finished second in the Syed Modi International competition. The gold medal he won in the mixed-team event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2018 is the most significant achievement Chirag Shetty has made. It had been his father's goal to see him win a medal at the Commonwealth Games, and all of his hard work in molding him into such a capable player paid off with that 3-1 win over Malaysia. In the same Commonwealth Games, Chirag and his partner Satwigsairaj won silver in the men's doubles event, losing to Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England. Even more impressive about this little youngster is that he won all of these while recovering from a back injury.
Unlike some parents who discourage their children from participating in athletics and instead encourage them to focus on academics, Chirag Shetty's parents, Chandrashekhar and Sujatha Shetty were just as concerned as he was about reaching higher levels. Arya Shetty, his sister, is a professional badminton player. Chandrashekhar Shetty was a wonderful father to his son. He never discouraged him from participating in team sports, even if he first detested it. Instead, he wouldn't even let Chirag spend 15 days alone. If such a case arises, he will accompany his son and remain in close proximity to his hotel room. Chandrashekhar would follow Chirag wherever he had a tournament in India. He usually attends badminton matches for amusement, but he becomes nervous when he sees Chirag on the court. Chirag Shetty's success is largely due to his father's interest in and desire to see him win every match.
Performance and appearance
Mathias Boe, a former No. 1 ranked doubles player, is currently training the Chirag-Satwigsairaj duo. Chirag Shetty is presently ranked tenth in the Men's Doubles tournament. He has only ever risen to No. 7 in the rankings. If things go according to Indian badminton icon Pullela Gopichand's predictions, India will win the most medals in the Olympics' history this year. If that's the case, we can't rule out the possibility of Chirag Shetty and Satwigsairaj Rankireddy representing India in Tokyo 2020.