Namit Dua enters his first year as a tournament director for badminton, after he competed in the Meijer State Games of Michigan a couple years back. Growing up in India, Dua grew up with the sport of badminton being the only type of court around. With the two main sports being cricket and badminton in India, Namit decided to pick up badminton as it was easier to play a pickup game of badminton rather than cricket, since 11 players were needed for cricket. He started to learn the strategy of the game watching the senior level badminton players while he waited for his time to play on the court.
During college, Namit setup a number of intercollegiate events while studying for his undergraduate degree. When moving to the United States, Namit continued to play badminton. The sport continues to be his passion and is the one thing that has taught him the most. The sport has given Namit many of his friendships and has helped make his move to West Michigan an easy transition.
Namit got started with the Meijer State Games of Michigan in 2013 when he competed in the badminton event in the sports inaugural year in the games. In the 2013 Summer Games, Namit won silver in the Class C men’s doubles along with silver in Class B mixed doubles.
Other awards that Dua won during his playing career include a pair of first place finishes in undergrad collegiate championships, and a first place finish at an intramural competition at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also competed in many open competitions throughout the Midwest, where he was able to win several medals.
After taking the reins for the badminton competition this year, Namit wants all the athletes to have a positive experience, not only playing the sport, but in the event as a whole. This year, the badminton competition has been moved to a larger venue in Lowell High School, which will allow the event to run smoothly and be a success.
Being part of the Grand Rapids Badminton Club, Namit looks to use the same type of practices learned there to engage positive sportsmanship throughout the event. At the Grand Rapids Badminton Club, they play twice a week and there are no line judges or referees so it is based upon honesty of your opponent, which pushes positive sportsmanship.
The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event(s) that welcome athletes regardless of age or ability level. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living.