SRM shuttler wins gold in 2021 Uganda International


Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod has added another feather to SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur by winning the Badminton women's singles titles at the 2021 Uganda International in Kampala. Second seed Malvika notched up a come-from-behind 17-21 25-23 21-10 victory over compatriot Anupama Upadhyaya in the women singles summit clash.

A first-year B.Tech (CSE) student at SRMIST, her victory has brought laurels to her institution. Speaking about her success, Malvika said, "I am glad to receive cooperation from all the departments and staff of SRMIST. I am a TOPS athlete, training for 2024 Olympics and not be able to attend regular college."

Her journey to this success has been a long one. "I started playing when I was nine years old. I took up this sport to improve my fitness, as Badminton is a very physically demanding game. Now I have a deep passion to make a name for myself in this sport."
She has been training under coach Sanjay Mishra, who is the current Cheif Junior National Coach of India.

"He plans my training sessions and I work accordingly. I train at the Police Parade Ground Badminton Academy, Raipur."

Malvika Bansod has been the recipient of several awards. She received the award from Sarathi Foundation,  Yuva Nag Bhushan Award, Lokmat Sakhi Award awarded by Maharashtra Government for winning the Gold medal at the 2018 Khelo India school games, and SJAN Best player Award (Sports Journalists Association Nagpur).