Badminton star Lakshya Sen, who recently won Arjuna Award for outstanding performance in 2022, has been booked by Bengaluru police after a person, who runs another academy in the city, accused the player of age fraud.
An FIR has been filed against the Commonwealth Games gold medalist Sen and a coach from his badminton academy in Bengaluru.
Besides Sen and his coach, police have named the player’s father, brother, and mother in the FIR.
Nagaraja MG, who filed the complaint, claimed that Sen was born in 1998 contrary to records, which mentioned his birth year as 2001.
Nagaraja also claimed that Kumar, who coaches at the Padukone Academy, and Sen’s parents forged a birth certificate in 2010 to allow the badminton star to participate in age-restricted tournaments.
However, coach Kumar has refuted the allegations.
“I don’t even know the allegations made by the complainant. I have no role in this whatsoever. Lakshya came to the academy and I trained him from 2010, just like any other child”, Kumar was quoted as saying to Indian Express.
Notably, Lakshya was on Wednesday awarded the Arjuna award at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He is currently the highest-ranked Indian men’s singles shuttler in the world at No 6.