Sahil Sipani kick started his career playing badminton as a hobby at the age of five and started competing at the age of eight. Sipani’s long-term goal includes to be one of the top 10 badminton players that the world has ever witnessed. His parents were the one who stood as the pillar and supported him, even though he was about to quit. It was they who made him understand his capabilities and fought against all the hurdles that he faced initially.
Who had the greatest influence in your life?
My parents influenced me the most. There was a point when I was ready to quit but they patiently made me believe in my capabilities. It was they who helped me to face all the problems.
My Short-term goal is to win a gold in the International Challenge tournament and to win BUCS Individual Championships.
While my long-term goals are to be in the Top 10 World ranking and to win an Olympic medal for our country.
Are you a Predator or a Buddha when you enter the stadium?
I am not at all a predator when I enter the stadium. I am a Buddha. I believe that only then I can showcase my best in the match.
One teacher you would like to have as your coach
I was blessed with an excellent coach Mr B.N Sudhakar, so I never felt the need for anybody else. I never felt to replace anyone. He can train me in the best possible manner.
One win that you are very proud of
I bagged the Gold medal at the Singapore Youth International U-19 Boys Singles 2015. That was one match I am always proud of.
Toughest punishment given by your coach
Fortunately, my coach never believed in the theory of punishment. Hence, I have never been punished.
You have a chance to play another sport. Which one would it be?
I would prefer to play ten pin bowling because I am pretty good at it and I enjoy playing.
Your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement is to Win an Olympic medal for the country and make my country proud.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
I would love to be known as the legendary badminton player the world has ever witnessed. Moreover, to be known as a good human being.
Area of the game you need to improve?
Every athlete will have to put so much of effort in improving in every aspect of the game. Only if we improve each and every day, we can mark our achievements. I think I will have to Change the pace during the rally.
Is sport a natural talent or a skill that is developed?
I think it is a skill that is developed. Even if a person is inborn with the talent still that talent must be pulled out of the person and mold it in a much better way.
Perks of being an athlete
I believe so much of respect and popularity would be bestowed upon the sportsperson’s life. It would definitely mark a change in their career. To get recognized and to be known by everyone is something that everyone would wish for.
When a group of girls came and presented me with flowers and took my autograph. That day I realized the importance to be an athlete. If you are known in the lime light then it would make oneself feel greater.
Do you play for any club?
Yes, I am currently playing for Leicestershire county in UK and also for the Loughborough University.
Most common road blocks that stop athletes from achieving their dreams?
The most common hurdles faced by an athlete in his life is the support that he/she lacks from the educational institution. Secondly, it is the family, not all of them can support you in the same manner. Last, it is the association.
What’s on your bucket list?
1) To be a proud owner of many Supercars.
2) To travel as much as I can do
3) Do skydiving
Scariest experience you have ever had?
A ride to the airport in an unauthorized cab driven by a person who thought he was James Bond himself. This incident took place in Moscow.
“A vegetarian can also be a successful sportsperson”
What is your funniest childhood memory?
Along with my friends I used to wear a mask and scare everybody around. That was the funniest childhood memory in my life.
The *facepalm* moment
Once, it took me 40 mins to reach my training center and after getting there I realized that I had forgotten my shoes at home.
One super power you wish you had
I wish I had the powers to fly high so that I can escape from the Bengaluru traffic. I would be always stuck in traffic so if I have the power to fly, it would help me to tackle the problem.
One moment that you won’t forget
That moment when I ended my junior career with being ranked 29 in the world in boy’s singles U-19.