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Biography Of Yesteryear Indian Badminton Legend – Syed Modi

Syed Modi (1962–1988), is actually Syed Mehdi. Syed Mehdi was born in a Muslim family in the muffosil town of Sardarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. His father, Syed Meer Hassan Zaidi, worked in Sardarnagar sugar mill and his mother, a housewife. Syed Mehdi was the youngest of their eight children, six sons and two daughters.Syed_Modi

When Mehdi first began going to the local school, the person who entered his name in the school records mistook his name “Mehdi” for a common Indian surname “Modi” and wrote it down that way. As a result, this became his name in all educational and government records. Modi was average in his studies but, later became a notable sportsman.

He was very popular in his school for his open, affectionate nature and bright good looks. Modi’s elder brothers were not highly educated, but they worked and had very good hope on him and contributed towards the family expenses and supporting Modi in his childhood, having huge expectations on him.

Modi fulfilled their hopes as he became the junior national Badminton champion at the age of 14 in 1976. The same yearSyed Modi with his wife - timesofindia.indiatimes.com, Modi started training under Mr. P.K. Bhandari the then chief badminton coach, N.I.S, Patiala till 1982. Thereafter, he trained under Dipu Ghosh, National Coach of Indian team.

Modi won the national badminton championship at the age of 18 in 1980. In the same year, Government of India recommended his name and Modi was given a paying job as a Welfare Officer in the Indian Railways (NE). He was initially posted in Gorakhpur, nearest to his hometown and family. In 1982, his new coach wanted that he should train in Lucknow which had better facilities, so he was transferred there.

Syed Modi won the national badminton championship between 1980 and 1987, eight times in a row. In 1981, he received the Arjuna Award from the Government of India. At the 1982 Asian Games, he won the bronze at the men’s singles event. He took home the Men’s singles Gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. In 1983 and 1984, he won the Australian International.

He later married Amita, a fellow badminton player. His game started going downhill in 1987-88, when his marriage life was not happy, and Modi lost the national badminton championship for the first time in 1988. In May 1988, they had a baby daughter who they named Aakanksha.

Two months after the birth of his daughter, Modi was murdered. On the evening of 28 July 1988, at the age of 26, Modi was shot dead as he was coming out of KD Singh Babu stadium, Lucknow after a routine practice. A brilliant career was cut short and a severe blow was dealt to badminton in India as Modi was touted to be a superstar like Prakash Padukone. His murder sent shockwaves throughout India.

After Modi’s death, a badminton tournament was named in his memory, “Syed Modi Memorial”, All India Syed Modi badminton championship hosted each year at Lucknow, which turned into “Syed Modi International Challenge” in 2004, and from December 2009 it was graded to “Syed Modi Grand Prix”, organized by Badminton Association of India.

The Railways, where he was employed respected his badminton sport and as an employee, opened the Syed Modi Railway Stadium and auditorium at his native place, Gorakhpur.

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Manu Attri and Sumeet Reddy lose in finals of The 2015 Prague Open

Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, who were the top seed in the FZ Forza Prague Open suffered a close three-game loss in the finals of the USD 15,000 FZ Forza Prague Badminton Open.

After getting a bye in the first round, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy defeated Sweden’s Richard Eidestedt and Andy Hartono Tandaputra, France’s Bastian Kersaudy and Gaetan Mittelheisser and Poland’s Milosz Bochat and Lukasz Moren for a place in the finals.

BWF-FZ-Forza-Prague-Badminton-Open-International-Challenge-2015The top seeds from India took the first game 21-19, but failed to finish the second game at  20-22 on their favour and lost 14-21 in the third against second seeded Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha of Poland. The match ended at 21-19, 20-22, 14-21.

It is noteable that the Indian Men’s Doubles pair of Manu and Sumeeth had finished runners-up at the US Open last week, before winning the Lagos Open, the Belgian International title and reached the finals of Guatemala International Challenge this month.

They are presently ranked World No. 19 in the Men’s Doubles Category.

RMV Gurusai Dutt Eyes On Top 25th Place By The Year End

RMV Gurusai Dutt.
(Image Courtesy: www.thestar.com.my).

RMV Gurusaidutt after his injuries breakthrough is fighting it hard and is ready for climbing the rankings ladder once again to regain his position in the world top 25 position by year end.

It was remarkable to note Gurusai Dutt was at his career best ranking of World No. 19 in 2013.

“I’ve been injured on and off. I had a quadricep strain after Vietnam open. And there has been a long time issue with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis in my right foot. Each injury took atleast 2 weeks,”

“Though they were not major but took time to recover. And because of the small niggles, I’m not able to continue my training. My back was also giving some problem. But now I look better,” added the 25-year-old, who clinched a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year.

Asked about his plans now, Guru said: “I am playing a challenger and a Grand Prix in Bulgaria and Dutch Open. I have also entered for Bitburger and Bahrain.

“My first aim is to get into top-30 before Hong Kong and the Macau Open. By the year end, top 25 would be good with the way I’m going. For now, it’s important to take one tournament at a time,” said the Hyderabadi.



SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold Open 2015, Bangkok – Thailand

Badminton World FederationSCG Thailand Open

(Day 2, Round One):

Men’s Doubles:

Alwin Francis/Arun Vishnu of India went down to Li Junhui [3]/Liu Yuchen of China in their opening doubles encounter ina well fought three game affair. The scores being 17-21, 21-15, 21-15.

Mixed Doubles:

  1. Arun vishnu/Aparna Balan go down fighting in their first round Mixed Doubles match against Tang Chun Man/Poon Lok Yan of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-19.
  2. Gaurav Venkat/Juhi Dewagan lost to Yuki Kaneko/Shizuka Matsuo pair from japan in the other mixed doubles encounter. Scores: 21-5, 21-17.

(Day 1, Qualifying, Round One):

Mixed Doubles:

Dinesh Chaudhry/Lalita Dahiya of India lost to Thailand’s Wannawat Ampunsuwan/Pacharapun Chochuwong in the qualification round 21-6, 21-3.

Women’s Singles:

Laitha Dhiya went down to Thailand’s Thamolwan Poopradubsil in the women’s singles encounter, the scores being 21-9, 21-7.

(First Round):

Men’s Singles:

Abhishek Yelegar lost to Ng Ka Long Angus [9] of Hong Kong in his first round encounter. After fighting it back in the second set, he lost in the third game to his opponent. Scores, 21-7, 15-21, 21-6.

List of Indian Participants:

Men’s Singles:

  1. Abhishek Yelegar.

Women Singles:

  1. Lalitha Dahiya.

Men Doubles:

  1. Alwin Francis/Arun Vishnu.
  2. Anilkumar Raju/Gaurav Venkat.

Women Doubles:

No Entries.

Mixed Doubles:

  1. Arun Vishnu/Aparna Balan.
  2. Gaurav Venkat/Juhi Dewangan.
  3. Dinesh Choudhry/Lalita Dahiya.

About the Tournament:

SCG Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold is to be held at the Thunder Dome stadium, Bangkok, Thailand.

Tournament dates: 9/29/2015 to 10/4/2015.

Prize Money: USD120,000.

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