Kenya number one junior badminton player Krisha Ghia from Kisumu will for the first time represent Kenya in the 2018 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Junior Championship to be held in Canada as from next week.
Kisumu based Ghia qualified for the world championships after winning all her national and local badminton games for the year 2018 and made it to the National Badminton team for the first time in her career.
The 15-year-old won the ladies singles and doubles in the just conclude Nyanza Badminton Open that was held on October 21 in Agha Khan Hall after defeating Theertha Vannemreddy 21-15, 21-13 to in 2-0 in the final score.
To add to her accolades, topped ranked Ghia also won the Kenya National Schools Sports Association Badminton National championships held on July 28 in Moi Girls, Eldoret.
Ghia also took bronze in the East Africa Secondary Schools Championship held on August 19 in Rwanda, making her the third best badminton junior player in the whole of East Africa.
Coached by retired former Kenya number one Victor Odera, Ghia will be hoping to take her dominance of the game to Canada after emerging the champion in the just concluded Nyanza Badminton Open last month.
“As the coach, I will be happy if she reaches the knock out stages. But I know her strengths and she will deliver for Kenya,” said Odera, a former Kenya number one for almost 20 years.
In the girl’s category, Shana Patel will join Krisha Ghia in flying Kenyan flag high as Urjan Shah, Ujval Shah and Meer Solanki seek glory in the boys’ category.
Ghia’s mother, Pinky Ghia said she will continue supporting her daughter and hopes she emerges the best.
“My daughter has potential. She is hardworking and very focused and I see the passion for the game in her which will make her perform even better,” Pinky Ghia said as the team departed to Canada.
Ghia said she will give her best for her family, Kisumu and Kenya as a whole.
“My target is to get to the semi-finals. But winning the world championships will be a dream come true for me and my family,” Ghia said.
Over 600 athletes from over 55 countries are expected in the city of Markham, which will be the third time in the history the city is hosting a World Badminton Championships.
Badminton World Federation President Poul-Erik Hoyer in a press statement said he expects over 600 athletes from 55 countries worldwide who will get a rare opportunity to showcase their skills
The tournament will run as from November 5 to November 18.
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