Raja developed a keen interest in badminton and started playing in 2012 with able-bodied players. After observing Raja’s natural talent at the sport, the coach at the court where he used to play, Sandeep Kumar Sharma, offered to train him free of cost. Raja eventually progressed in the game and won the gold medal in singles & doubles events at the National Championships in 2015.
After winning the national championships he partnered with Mark Dharmai (also supported by GoSports Foundation) in men’s doubles and with Ruchi in mixed doubles events to represent India at the international tournaments.
His main sources of support have been his initial coach Sandeep Sharma and present coach D. Bhattacharya, who along with developing his game supported him financially. Raja lost his parents a few years ago and he currently lives with his uncle and works as an assistant coach, through which he supports his sports related expenses. He is ranked at World no.7 in the Mixed Doubles circuit and hence was selected for the Para Champions Programme 2018-19
- Bronze medals in the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles events at the BWF Asian Para Badminton Championship, Ulsan, 2017
- Winner in Men’s Doubles at the National Championships, 2015