The senior Luwang is a coach with the Manipur Sports Department in Imphal and had competed at the junior and senior level in the 1980s along with the likes of current national chief coach Pullela Gopichand.
Sixteen-year-old top seed Maisnam Meiraba Luwang walked towards the training area after his 21-17, 21-11 win over Rohan Gurbani in the boys’ U-19 singles semifinals of the 28th Smt. Krishna Khaitan Memorial All India Junior Ranking Prize Money Badminton Tournament at Tau Devi Lal Stadium. The youngster was followed by his father, 51-year-old Maisnam Romesh Luwang.
The senior Luwang is a coach with the Manipur Sports Department in Imphal and had competed at the junior and senior level in the ’80s along with the likes of current national chief coach Pullela Gopichand.
His best finish at the nationals was the third-round results. But his son is faring better. Maisnam Meiraba’s win on Saturday paved his way to his fifth junior ranking final this year. He won each of the previous four finals he had competed in.
“My son was three years old when he started playing badminton. He would always be fascinated by the idea of the shuttle crossing the net. Some years later, when he decided to take up the sport seriously, he would travel to the MBA Indoor Stadium in Imphal. I used to train players at the Khumanlampak Stadium. It was only when he won at the district level, that I started training him. In my playing days, I never reached beyond the third round, be it the junior nationals or senior nationals. When I completed my diploma from NIS, Patiala, I told my fellow players that my son will be a better player than me. Seeing him win four titles this year was great,” the proud father said.