Young badminton player Maisnam Meiraba of Manipur won gold medal in under-15 boys double event and bronze medal in single event of under-15 boys at the “PNB MetLife Chaaji Memorial All India Sub Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2015, Thyaga Ras Stadium, New Delhi which was held from 22nd to 27th June 2015.
In the under 15 boy’s double event , Meiraba partnered with Akash Thakur of Bihar and won the national title. In quarter final, they defeated Dhruv Rawat (Uttar Pradesh) and Pavan Krishna Thokala (Andhra Pradesh) by 18/21, 21/18 and 21/14 points. In semi final, they defeated Akash Yadav (Delhi) / Abhyansh Singh (UP) by 21/15,14/21 and 21/12 points. And in the final they beat Takum Laa (Arunachal Pradesh) /Yash Raikwar by points of 21/18 and 22/20.
In the boy’s under-15 single event, Meiraba defeated Dishant Debanath (West Bengal) who is ranked no 2 in national ranking. In quarter, final he defeated Vishnuvardhan Doud P (Telengana) by 21/9 and 21/14 points. However, he lost to Abhyansh Singh (UP) by 10/21, 21/10 and 21/15 points in the semi final and he had to settle for 3rd position.
Another Manipuri boy, Bidiyasagar Salam won runner-up title in under 13 boy’s single event. He defeated Tushar Kumar Setu (Bihar) in pre-quarter final. In quarter final, he defeated Sanker Muthuswamy S (Tamil Nadu) by 21/18 and 21/15 points. In the semi final he beat Chayani Joshi (Utrachan) by 21/13 and 21/11 points and reached final. But he lost to Vikas Yadav (Delhi) by 21/15 and 21/13 points.
In this tournament, a total of 1377 players from all over India took part. In under-15 boy’s events, 401 players participated in single boy’s event while 107 players participated in double events. In under 13 boy’s events, 239 young players participated in single events.