Indian shuttler Suhas Yathiraj today entered the final of the men’s singles class SL4 badminton event in the Tokyo Paralympics. He is already ranked 3rd in the SL4 badminton event. Suhas Yathiraj is also DM (District Magistrate) of Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.
Suhas has an impairment in one of his ankles.
He defeated Indonesian Fredy Setiawan 21-9 and 21-15 in 31 minutes in the first semi-final. The Noida District Magistrate will face Lucas Mazur of France in the final on Sunday. In SL classification, persons with standing due to lower limb impairments are allowed to compete.
The World Badminton Federation granted Suhas a two-way quota to play in the men’s para-badminton singles category. The IAS Officer is part of a seven-member Indian Excellency at the Paralympics. This is for the first time in history that Para-Badminton sports are played under Paralympics.
Suhas won the bronze medal at the 2018 Para-Asian Games and is ranked 1st shuttler in India. Where he achieved a bronze medal. He also won Paralympic Badminton Championship held in China. He emerged as a champion when he won two gold medals back to back in Asian Championship 2016 in Beijing and the Turkish Open 2017 respectively.