Lakshya in OGQ fold

Lakshya in OGQ fold

Ten-year-old prodigy to be groomed for 2020 Oly

“Lakshya is a magnificent talent. His strokes, court coverage and temperament are amazing for a ten-year-old. I have never seen a youngster at that age play so well,” said badminton legend Prakash Padukone.

OGQ is a non-profit foundation set up by Prakash and cuesports ace Geet Sethi to support training and preparation of India’s medal prospects at the Olympic Games.  
OGQ CEO and former Indian hockey captain Viren Rasquinha said the foundation had been very careful about the selection process. “At ten years, Lakshya is by far the youngest athlete we are supporting. We must ensure that he enjoys the game and does not feel the burden of expectation.”

Lakshya, son of a SAI badminton coach from Almora in Uttarakhand, has been doing well in the under-13 section in national level tournaments. He has been training at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in Bangalore and was sent to Indonesia on a training stint along with his father last year.

“OGQ will be grooming Lakshya for the 2020 Olympic Games from right now. Besides guiding his training at PPBA to ensure that he learns the right technique, we will also be sending him for a few international age-group tournaments abroad,” Prakash said, adding that Lakshya’s brother was also a good player. “From Karnataka, we have a youngster called Rahul B M, who is also a good prospect,” said Prakash.

OGQ, after their meeting here on Monday, also announced backing for 18-year-old boxer Devendro Singh (49kg class), who is part of the Indian team for the World
Championships in Baku later this month. Devendro, from Manipur, is the younger brother of one of India’s top women boxers, L Sushila Devi.

“Not too many people have seen or heard about Devendro but he is a world class talent,” said Viren.