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Rishav Sharma returns home from international competition

Already thinking ahead to July event in Edmonton
sharma & friends
Fort St. John badminton player Rishav Sharma (second from right) is welcomed home by his friends Monday night after returning from a tournament in Brazil. April 25. 2022

After being away for over a week, Rishav Sharma is looking forward to sleeping in his own bed again.

Tired, but happy to be home, the Fort St. John badminton player landed safely at North Peace Regional Airport just after 9 p.m. Monday night.

“Just wanna go home and relax,” said Sharma in the arrivals terminal minutes after stepping off the plane. “Let my team know I made it back okay, 'cause I think I'm the last player to reach home.”

Sharma was one of eight players to represent Canada at the Para Badminton International in Brazil last week.

Sporting a record of 1-and-2 in singles play, he was beaten by world fourth-ranked player Chirag Baretha of India in his opener, but rebounded against Brazilian Manoel Roseno Pereira Lima in the follow-up. His tournament ended, however, with a loss to India's Hardik Makkar in the round of 16.

Sharma and Brazilian partner Cicero Lima Liberal, set up as a pair by tournament organizers for the doubles competition, were winless in their two matches.

“The whole flight I was thinking about the things I learned from the tournament, he said. “The different level of players, went through all the videos again and again to see where I made mistakes.”

The 25-year-old, if nothing else, is determined.

Not even home yet, Sharma was already talking about getting back onto the court to practice.

“Wednesday. Day after tomorrow, I'll be back training again.”

He's getting himself ready to play both singles and doubles at a July event in Edmonton.

While Sharma doesn't have a full-time partner, he should have better success than Brazil having played with some of the national team members in doubles before.

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