Last Updated: 25th December, 2022 15:50 IST
Arunachal’s Geto Sora advances to semis of U-9 boys’ singles at Top Arena Junior Int’l Badminton C’ship
First Published: 23rd December, 2022 20:45 IST
Geto Sora advanced to the semi finals beating second seed Jaryl Teh of Malaysia 21-5, 21-16
Reported by Marina Dai
7-year-old Geto Sora, a badminton prodigy from Arunachal Pradesh has advanced to the semi finals in the under 9 boys’ singles Championship at the Top Arena Junior International Badminton Championship at Kaula Lumpur on December 22 making the state and the country proud.
Sora is currently in first position in the U-9 category, which is part of Group A. The U-9 category is divided into two groups: A and B. However, Geto lost in the U-11 quarterfinal match.
Geto enthralled hundreds of spectators during the quarter final match in the Under 9 category, and it is an outstanding achievement for the state’s young shuttler.
Bamang Tago, Secretary General of the Arunachal State Badminton Association, congratulated Geto and expressed pride in his consistent performance in the international tournament.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu also congratulated the 7 year old shuttler for his achievement and making his state proud.
“Well done, Geto Sora! Proud of your incredible feat! Your feat against Jaryl Teh of Malaysia’s seed No. 2 player in finals by 21-5, 21-16 in straight under 9 age category at Top Arena Junior International Badminton Championship in Kaula Lumpur is so inspiring. Blessings,” CM Khandu tweeted.
Earlier, Geto Sora clinched the U-9 boys singles title in the Yonex-Singha-BTY Championships 2022 held at the Ban Thong Yod Badminton School in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand.
Seven-year-old Geto is the son of Marpe Sora (father) and mother Peken Sora (mother) of Lower Siang district.
Geto, who draws inspiration from Danish shuttler Anders Antonsen and Indian shuttle ace Lakshya 0Sen, began playing badminton at the age of four.
In 2019, he took part in his first state-level event, the Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Badminton Championship, where he was able to claim the title of “most promising player.” In addition, Geto also won a gold at the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship in Guwahati, Assam in 2020.
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