Raja Magotra

  • Sport : Badminton Men’s Doubles & Mixed Doubles (SS6)
  • Date of Birth : 6/12/1984
  • Hometown : Raniganj, West Bengal
  • Training Base : SAI, Lucknow
  • Nature of Disability : Achondroplasia (short stature: dwarfism)

RAJA'S STORY

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

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 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

Tentative Competition Schedule till 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio (7th- 18th September)

Competition Location Date Add Event
Berlin Open - 2016 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Berlin, Germany 13th to 17th July Add to my calendar
IPC Athletics World Grand Prix Final-2016 London, Great Britain 23rd to 24th July Add to my calendar