Teenage badminton player Tasnim Mir has become the first Indian to top the under-19 world rankings in girls’ singles. The Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) updated rankings showed 16-year-old Tasnim at the top of the pile with 10,810 points.
“I am very happy today and I am going to try and follow in the footsteps of my role models PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal,” said Tasnim. “I am now concentrating on how the seniors play now and am trying to get to competing at that level. I am hoping to win a medal for India at the next Olympics.
“I used to cry a lot after losing a match. I worked very hard to get to where I am today, train about six to seven hours a day. My parents have made a lot of sacrifices for helping me and my brother in our sport.”
Her father, Irfan, said that Tasnim started playing badminton at the age of six. There was a point when he had considered asking her to stop playing but she could continue after receiving sponsorship. Irfan says that Tasnim has won a total of 22 titles in different categories thus far. “Now we hope that she becomes a senior champion as well and win for the country at the Olympics,” he said.
Tasnim has won four junior international tournaments, with three of them – Bulgarian Junior Championship, Alpes International, and Belgian Junior coming in 2021. She has also won the under-15 and under-17 titles in the Asian Junior Championships.