Local Rishav Sharma travels to Japan | Jobi Cool


The 25-year-old para-badminton player is participating in his first ever World Championship

Fort St. John’s Rishav Sharma is off to the Far East.

The 25-year-old para-badminton player will take part in the World Championships in Tokyo next week for the first time in his history.

The whole idea to compete, it turns out, was put together, paperwork and all, in just six weeks.

“I received an invitation [from Badminton Canada] last month It was not approved then because I had to get my passport,” said Sharma.

“So they checked with the host country and the world federation and said they approve my selection.”

Things were approved just one week before his visa was processed.

Ranked 33rd in the world in singles, Sharma played in April’s international event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but knows the competition will be much tougher.

While a trip to Japan might not be in the cards, even in the summer, the Fort John, St. John, finance employee has kept himself in game shape.

This year, in fact, he began a more regimented routine, participating in several runs and his first Emperor’s Challenge at Tumbler Ridge.

“I decided to focus on my fitness. I’ve run a few local races. Drove to Tomslake to practice. Went to Grand Prairie and Edmonton to play with different players.”

Among the competition Sharma could face are Malaysia’s Liek Hou Cheha, Chinese Taipei’s Jen-Yu Fang and Japan’s Imai Taiyo, who are ranked No. 1-2-3 in the world.

But he won’t know until Monday, when the schedule is released.

However, unlike Brazil, Sharma will only focus on singles, not having any international doubles ranking.

He is one of five players who will represent Canada on the badminton court.

Play is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and continue through next Sunday.



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