For 47-year-old Rajendar Kommu, it is another feather on the cap as he is now the first one from Telangana to be named as Badminton World Federation Line Judge based on his consistent performances in national and international events in India in the past few years.

He is one of the only two Indians (the other being Rakesh Rasania of Gujarat) to get this honour this year for a three-year term till 2024 which will also mean he can officiate now in BWF events abroad.

“It all started in 2008 when I first officiated in the state championship and then qualified as National Grade II umpire in 2010 and then as Grade I umpire in 2013,” says the badminton official, born in Nekkonda village of Warangal.

“Obviously, I owe my  career to Punnaiah sir (former APBA Secretary K. Ch. Punnaiah Choudhary) and BWF senior official Vemuri Sudhakar who guided me right through my career,” he…

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