Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s shuttler in junior group Rutuparna Panda is dreaming big to qualify for Olympics to bring laurels for country in international competitions.
The budding shuttler Rutuparna realised her potentialities after joining Hyderabad based Gopichand Academy that has produced the talents who have clinched many medals for India in Olympic games.
Talking to leading vernacular daily ‘Sambad’ on occasion of attending a felicitation ceremony yesterday, Rutuparna said, “I have learnt many things from the performance of PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal. I follow them. In doubles, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have also inspired me in badminton. Although, there is a long way to reach their level, I still hope to reach that point.”
“I have learnt from Pullela Gopichand, the chief national coach for Indian badminton team and former ace shuttler, that one can get success through discipline and hard work,” the 18-year old Rutuparna was quoted by ‘Sambad’ as saying.
After getting success in national level competition this year, I aim to participate in Junior World Championship. But to qualify for the Olympic and bagging medals are the goals of my life, the Daily quoted her.
Now I am getting prepared for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Coach Gopichand along with other trainers is preparing us for the toughest competitions, the newspaper quoted.
Born to father Ramachandra Panda and mother Dharitri Sebika Panda, Rutuparna took up sports as her career after being inspired by her father, who was also a shuttler. Although, he is not a popular figure in badminton, but continues to motivate her two daughters Rutuparna and Swetaparna to achieve the new height from their little age.
Amidst financial crisis and after being diagnosed with blood cancer, father Ramachandra has never thought to influence his daughters’ sports life.
Rutuparna came to fore after getting place in Indian team for Asian Junior Championship held from July 22 to 30 in Jakarta in Indonesia.
Earlier, she had bagged gold at under 19 double and mixed double competitions in junior championship held in June in Thiruvananthapuram. In the same month, she won the trophy in under 19 women’s double and mixed double in Bengaluru.