Malaysia's Own Story of Dangal: Strict Dad Turns Daughters Into Badminton Champions

  • 23 Jun 2019

It's never too late to achieve your dreams. This is exactly why an ex-Royal Malaysian Customs officer, who was also a well-known Mathematics teacher in Sentul, encouraged his daughters to take up badminton in their late teens.

Many considered R. Radhakrishnan's daughters Kasthuri,18, and Venosha, 17, a little too old to take up badminton as professional players. But the girls proved them wrong by winning at the Fleet Mauritius International 2019 last week (June 16).

Defeating Mauritian duo Aurelie Marie Elisa Allet and Kobita Dookhee, the girls bagged USD 800 (RM3,300). Their proud father was excited to witness the girls' international win.
"Perhaps he didn't expect us to win," Kasthuri said in an interview.

"He hugged us and while he was elated, he quickly reminded us that this is just the beginning and we shouldn't be content," she added.

The girls have been training at the Shuttle Warriors Badminton Academy in Petaling Jaya. Despite playing badminton since a young age, there were times they would get frustrated with each other on court while training. “But we didn’t take it out on each other when we got home,” Kasturi said.

Radhakrishnan has given his green light to Kasthuri to pursue badminton professionally for 2 to 3 years to see how far she can go in the sport. He even told her that studies can wait since she has finished her SPM and scored 8 As.

“My sister Venosha will be concentrating on her SPM. As for me, my world ranking is 320 at the moment and I need to play at least one international tournament a month to ensure my rankings improve,” Kasthuri explained.

Their win has been a boost to her confidence after losing in Round 2 of the women’s singles competition to Thet Htar Thuzar from Myanmar. In 2018, Kasthuri triumphed at the Air Asia-BAM National Junior League Finals and the inter-state mixed team (Under-18).

She was also part of the national team at the 2018 ASEAN School Games in Kuala Lumpur. We're hoping to see the girls to achieve bigger feats and level up in the world Badminton rankings. Good luck to the Radhakrishnan sisters!

Source: TwentyTwo 13
Photo Credit: Twenty Two 13 & Asianage

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