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Pallav Deka wins Gold in Badminton at State Games of America

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pallavdekaPallav Deka of Omaha recently won two gold medals in Men’s Singles and Doubles Badminton at the State Games of America held in Colorado Springs on Aug. 1.  Pallav, a native of Guwahati, is a graduate student in Exercise Science in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at UNO and a graduate assistant at the Exercise Physiology Lab. He has continuously represented the State of Assam in various age categories in different Zonal and National level tournaments and Championships in India for 16 years. The State Games of America is the premier national multi-sport event for athletes of all ages and abilities held every biennium under the banner of the National Congress of State Games. Medal winners from 49 State Games nationwide earn the right to compete against other winners, as well as Colorado athletes, and match their skills and competitive desire in a national arena.  The State Games concept was developed in New York in 1978 with the Empire State Games. Annually, more than 400,000 athletes compete in State Games nationwide..

In the United States of America:

· Gold Medal Winner of “A” group Men’s Singles and Doubles Badminton Event at the State Games of America at Colorado Springs, Colorado- August, 2009

· Gold Medal Winner  of “A” group Men’s Singles and Doubles Badminton Event at the Corn Huskers State Games, Omaha, Nebraska- July, 2009

· Gold Medal Winner of “A” group Men’s Singles and Doubles Badminton Event at the Midwest Regional Badminton Championship held at Louisville, Kentucky- March, 2009.

· Silver Medal Winner of “A” group Men’s Singles Badminton Event at the New York Open Badminton Championship held at New York- March, 2009.

· Gold Medal Winner of Men’s Singles and Doubles Badminton Event at the Spring 2009 Iowa State University Badminton Tournament- Spring, 2009.

· Winner  of “A” group Men’s Singles and Doubles Badminton Event at the Ray Scott Memorial Badminton Championship, Omaha, Nebraska- July, 2009

· Winner  of “A” group Men’s Singles and Doubles Badminton Event at the Corn Huskers State Games, Omaha, Nebraska- July, 2008

International Achievements:

·  Played for India at the Asian Satellite Badminton Tournament held at Lucknow, India -2005.

·    Played for India at the Sri-Lankan invitational tournament held at Colombo (Sri Lanka) and was the Winner in Men’s doubles event and secured 3rd position in Men’s Singles event -2002.

·  Played for India at the Asian Satellite Tournament at Mumbai (India) and reached the men’s doubles pre-quarter finals-2002.

·   Represented the Junior Indian Team at the Dutch Open held at Harlem (Netherlands )-2000

·   Represented the Junior Indian Team at the German Open held at Bothrob (Germany)-2000

·   Represented the Junior Indian team at the Asian Badminton Confederation Tournament held at Yangon, Myanmar-1999.

National (India)Level  Achievements:

·    All India National School Games Champion, under 19 yrs (Teams and Individual boys singles)-1997.

· All India National School Games Team Events Runners -up, under 19 yrs boys -1996.

· All India Sub -junior boys (under 16 yrs) Singles National Champion -1994.

· Runners Up in Junior Boys Singles in All India Ranking Tournament held at Guwahati -1999.

Zonal and State (Assam) level Achievements

· 2006: Senior State Doubles Champion and Ranked No. 1 in Men’s Singles in Assam, India.

· 2005 : Senior State Doubles Runners-Up and Ranked No. 2 in Men’s Singles Assam, India

· 1998 -2004: Senior State Doubles Champion and Ranked No. 1 in Assam, India.

· 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004: Senior State Singles Champion and Ranked No. 1 in Assam, India.

· 1994-1999: Junior (under 19 yrs) State Singles and Doubles Champion and Ranked No. 1 in Assam, India.

· 1994: Sub-Junior (under 16 yrs) State Singles and Doubles Champion and Ranked No. 1 in Assam, India.

· 1992-1993: Sub-Junior (under 16 yrs) State Singles Runners –Up and Doubles Champion in Assam, India.

· 1991: Mini (under 13 yrs) boys State Singles and Doubles Champion and Ranked No. 1 in Assam, India.

· 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998: North –East Zone (India) Inter State Junior Boys Team Event Champion.

· 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006: North –East Zone (India) Inter State Men’s Team Event Champion.

Awards

· 1995: Felicitated by The Badminton Lover’s Trust in Mumbai for winning the sub-junior Nationals Singles Championship.

· 1999: Abhiruchi sports award for representing the country.

· 2000: Recipient of the N.N.Bhattacharya award for the Best Junior Sportsperson of North -East India.

· 2001: Recipient of a Certificate of Honor, presented by the Sports &Youth Welfare Department, Govt. of Assam, as a recognition of excellence in sports.

· 2007: Appointed Vice Captain of Assam Contingent and Captain of Assam Badminton Team for the 33rd National Games held in Guwahati.

· 2007: Had the honor of taking the OATH on behalf of 8000 participants in the Opening Ceremony of the 33 rd National Games held at Guwahati, Assam.

Prepared by Jugal Kalita, Colorado