Things do not seem to be falling into place for two promising Indian shuttlers Jishnu Sharma and Shivam Sharma. A Recent spate of injuries and misfortune seems to have put Jishnu Sharma is a very tight spot and is hampering his progress to develop his badminton career. Jishnu who has represented India in the doubles matches now has decided to seek the help of the public to rescue his career from getting drowned. He intends to seek monetary help from the public in order to be back into the international circuit and prepare for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
This Indian shuttler who previously has partnered with other badminton aces of India like Jwala Gutta in mixed doubles and Akshay Dewalkar and Manu Attri in doubles along with his current doubles partner Shivam Sharma is now raising funds for developing their career through the portal Milaap.org. This portal is considered to be India’s largest platform for seeking donations from the public.
In 2013, Jishnu took a year’s break due to his mother’s illness and her eventual demise. He returned to action last year but soon suffered a career-threatening ACL injury. This dreaded injury literally barred this promising shuttler from action for quite some time and eventually lead to his withdrawal from the Rio Olympics.
However, with strong grit and determination, Jishnu Sharma started playing again with his current partner Shivam Sharma since December last year. This badminton duo, in order to improve their international ranking, needs to play games all over the world.
Jishnu elaborating on his current position said that he and his current partner Shivam are the number one doubles pair in India. He further added that they need to play 12-15 international tournaments in the upcoming 8-10 months to acquire the much needed international points.
Jishnu had a promising international career preceding his injury. In 2011 he along with his partner Manu Attri won the International Series titles at Mauritius and Kenya.
Jishnu who seems to be desperate to regain his form in the international circuit, candidly admitted that he and his partner Shivam Sharma are now seeking crowd donation through a campaign on Milaap.com to advance their career and fulfil their dream of becoming successful international badminton players.
Jishnu said that he is currently short of 10-15 lakhs which are required to meet his travel accommodation and nutrition costs.
It’s interesting to note that the government which spends a lot of money on top shuttlers for their upkeep seem to ignore the needs of those who come back after a long layoff because of injuries. They, unlike the top shuttlers, do not seem to be supported by the government and are compelled to use their personal funds to advance their sporting career. Shuttlers P Kashyap to upcoming players like Tanvi Lad are all examples of such cases.