Puducherry anaesthesiologist shuttles among operation theatre and badminton court docket

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PUDUCHERRY: Medical superintendent of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer) Ashok Shankar Badhe manages to locate time no matter his busy timetable to pursue his second passion –badminton. He spends a lot of his enjoyment time gambling badminton to best his backhand flick serve, backhand go back, and immaculate drop shot. It did now not come as a marvel for plenty as Badhe, at the age of 63, bagged his maiden gold medal in singles and a bronze medal in doubles on the country-wide masters’ badminton championship performed through the Masters’ Games Federation at Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Hitherto, success eluded Badhe a lot of these years. He represented Puducherry eight instances within the masters’ badminton championships among the early Nineties and 2018; however, he couldn’t strike a medal. The 12 months of 2019 turned things around, and Badhe gained a gold medal in singles beating Santhosh from Himachal Pradesh in instantly sets (21-18 and 21-15) in the very last. He efficaciously paired with Buljith Singh of Punjab and the pair needs to be content material with a bronze medal within the doubles’ occasion. Born on January 22, 1956, Badhe did his education, MBBS, and MD in Nagpur. He took up badminton all through his faculty days. He bagged numerous district-level medals before turning into the captain of the badminton group in a government clinical college and health center whilst he pursued undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs.

“People who watched my sport used to mention that my backhand and drop shots are my greatest strengths. They say I play an attacking game capitalizing on my strengths,” said Badhe, who joined Jipmer in 1986. If a medicinal drug isn’t within the genes of Badhe, an anesthesiologist, then badminton is. His son, Sushrut Badhe, and daughter, Avanti Badhe, are state-stage badminton players. Badhe aspires to set up a badminton academy in Puducherry.