RISING STAR - RIYAN MALHAN, DUBAI GEM PRIVATE SCHOOL, DUBAI
Riyan is a student of grade 3-C and is passionate about sports. From a very young age he picked up racquet sports and started connecting with the shuttle. From the tender age of three he practiced badminton with his father and within a year he was coaching under an international coach. He practiced and started excelling in badminton and by the age of 4 he also started participating in tournaments. Success came along and at the young age of 5, when he won his first tournament. While winning is one side of the story, he is passionate about badminton and plays the sport for the love of the game rather than winning. He has played many tournaments since then and was recently selected for IDBI Federal Quest for Excellence # Young Champs Program which gave him the golden opportunity to train under the watchful eyes of Mr Pullela Gopichand Indian National Coach for Badminton in Hyderabad India. Riyan has participated in many ranking tournaments and won the Under 9 championship in Boys Singles category in all of them. He kick started the year 2019 with winning two tournaments in the month of January ABA Junior Badminton tournament in Dubai and Jeep Junior Badminton Tournament in Bahrain where he was the winner in Boys Singles under 11 and runner up in Boys doubles under13. • Phoenix Yonex tournament winner of boys singles under 9 • SPARC Tournament in Sharjah –winner of boys singles under 9 • India club internal tournaments September 2018 where he was the winner of boys Under 11,Under 13 and runner up for Under17 category respectively • PNB Met life Badminton Tournament July 2018 (Runner up of boys singles Under 9) • 1st UAE open Inter School Badminton Tournament 2018 (winner of Boy’s singles under 11) • 41st UAE Open Badminton Tournament 2018 (winner of Boy’s singles under 9) • 41st ISC UAE Badminton Junior Gold Championship 2018 (winner of Boy’s singles under 9) • COREMETAL UAE Badminton Gold Junior Championship sponsored by Victor 2018 (winner of Boy’s singles under 9) • Individual champion Sub Junior Dubai Gem Annual Athletics Meet (2017-2018) • LI-NING Vimal Kumar Cup UAE Badminton Gold Junior Championship 2017(Winner of Boy’s singles under 9) • LI-NING Vimal Kumar Cup UAE Badminton Gold Junior Championship (Runner up of Boy’s doubles under 9) • Aeroplane Prime Star UAE Badminton Gold Junior Championship 2017(Runner up Boys singles under 9) • 40th ISC UAE Badminton Junior Gold Championship 2017 (winner of boy’s singles under 9) • 40th UAE Open Badminton Tournament 2017 (winner of Boy’s singles under 9) Riyan continues to train for 3 hours daily and looks forward to get inputs from his father who motivates and guides him in this journey. Riyan is also sponsored by the prestigious brand Yonex who provide him with the best equipment which enable him to give his 100% on court. Riyan aspires to be like his idol Lin Dan and wants to make his parents, school and country proud.