Shuttler Maisnam Meiraba Luwang after winning the U-19 singles title at White Night Russian Junior International Badminton at St Petersburg, Russia on Sunday night Credit: Twitter

Imphal: Maisnam Meiraba Luwang (16), one of the rising stars of Manipur in India’s badminton galaxy, once again shone when he won U-19 singles title at the White Night Russian Junior International Badminton 2019 tournament at St Petersburg in Russia on Sunday night.

Organised by the National Badminton Federation of Russia under BWF/Badminton Europe, the number 3 seed Meiraba lifted his first under-19 singles title after he knocked out Pune shuttler Varun Kapur by 21-5; 21-9 during the final play of the tournament.

Celebrating his victory, Badminton of Association of India (BAI) took to its official handle and said: “With 4 consecutive domestic titles this year, Manipur’s #MaisnamMeiraba continued his stellar form to lift his first international title winning the #WhiteNightRussianJuniorInternational tournament last night.”

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The young lad from Imphal’s Khwairakpam Leikai got his first taste of the game at the age of eight years. His father, M Romesh Luwang, who himself is a badminton coach, discovered the talent of his son while playing badminton at the family’s lawn with neighbours.

Later, his father took him to practice at the indoor stadium of Manipur Badminton Association in Imphal and, for the first time, introduced him to the world of professional badminton training centre.

Meiraba’s first break came in 2013 when he participated in the Oil India Limited’s All India Ranking Badminton in Guwahati and emerged as a winner of U-13 boys double.

Since then, Meiraba’s badminton prowess has improved to a world-class standard and climbed the ladder of achievements one by one by bringing laurels and accolades to the state in particular, and country in general.

This year, Meiraba grabbed the U-19 boys’ singles title at the Yonex Sunrise All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, which was held in Chennai. He also won a bronze medal in the recently held U-19 boys’ singles event at the BWF/Asia Badminton Yonex-Roza Bty Junior International Challenge at Bangkok in Thailand.

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