New Delhi
When Abhinav Manoto left Jalandhar in Punjab for Christchurch in New Zealand seven years ago, father Lovleen Kumar (a former India shuttler) hoped his son to pursue a career in management. But Abhinav continued to play badminton following the footsteps of his father and now he has got the quota of Tokyo Olympics. He became the Punjab singles champion in 2012 and will now play for New Zealand in the Olympics.

Kumar would often share suggestions to his son over the phone. Last week, the 29-year-old three-time Oceania champion booked her place on the Oceania quota for the Tokyo Olympics. The world number 91 has sealed his ticket for Tokyo. Kumar and his wife Rajni Bala are happy on the success of their son. Lovleen said in an interview to The Indian Express- I could only become a Punjab champion and always wanted to win medals at the national level.

61-year-old Kumar says – It will be the biggest thing for our family to see Abhinav competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Even when he had planned to move to New Zealand, we knew he could not leave badminton behind. Abhinav is currently ranked 103rd in the Race to Tokyo rankings. He will qualify as the 35th player in the draw of 38 qualifiers.

Badminton remains an Asia-dominated sport and with the Badminton World Federation and the IOC determined to expand it to other countries as of now. It is noteworthy that PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics for India.

Speaking on his son’s practice, Kumar said – After spending a year in Christchurch, where he lived with his cousin Pavitra and played at the local stadium, he moved to Auckland at the insistence of Soedjasa, who asked him to stay for a year. offered his home. From here he traveled till here.



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