- 13-year-old Lakshay won a gold medal in the singles category of the Youth International Badminton Championship at Glasgow, Scotland
- He defeated England's Oliver Matthew in straight sets.
- Lakshay also won a silver in the doubles category.
Ludhiana based badminton prodigy, Lakshay Sharma (13) has again come into headlines at the international arena after winning a gold medal in the singles category of the Youth International Badminton Championship at Glasgow, Scotland. The tournament is recognised by the Badminton Europe with seeded players also participating in it.
Lakshay, who is a Class IX student at Sacred Heart Convent School, has been performing on a consistent basis for the past couple of years.
In total, there were 202 players (U-15) from around the globe who participated in the prestigious competition. However, Lakshay had overpowered everyone to reach at the top.
Even in the final of the singles, Lakshay faced least competition from England’s Oliver Butler. He defeated the European in straight sets of 21-13, 21-8 to lay etch his name on the winners’ trophy.
However, Lakshay’s antiques weren’t just limited to the singles category. The young shuttler made his presence felt in the doubles group as well where he paired with Ireland’s Matthew Cheung. The talented duo reached the final of the competition.
However, Lakshay and Mathew failed to overcome the final hurdle as they lost out to the English pair of Ethane Hosken and Oliver Butler in hard fought sets of 17-21, 10-21.
This is not the first time that Lakshay has shown promise on an international stage. In 2017, Lakshay had won a gold medal at Glasgow in the U-13 category before clinching a silver medal in doubles. He had also managed to win a bronze medal in mixed doubles group.
Then in 2015, Lakshay bagged gold medals in the U-11 category of the Swiss Youth Open Badminton Championship. He won in both the singles as well as the doubles categories. Son and trainee of NIS qualified coach Mangat Rai Sharma, Lakshay has multiple medals under his belt at the national competitions.