Sumeeth Reddy is an Indian badminton player and inspector at the Income Tax Department. He mainly plays in men’s doubles and mixed doubles categories. In 2016, Sumeeth, along with Manu Attri, represented India in men’s doubles at the Rio Summer Olympics.His father started training him in badminton when he was a child. Being an athlete himself, his father wanted Sumeeth to make a career in sports. B. Sumeeth Reddy’s childhood photo.In 2001, his father asked him to join a badminton training centre in Hyderabad. He joined a badminton academy and participated in various inter-school badminton competitions.In 2007, he participated in the Asian Junior Championships in the men’s singles category and won various medals.He had a serious back injury in 2011, and after a complete diagnosis by doctors, it was detected that he had a spinal bone degeneration. The doctors then advised him a bed rest for three weeks, and they even asked him to quit badminton. In an interview, while remembering those days, Sumeeth said, It was 2010-2011, I was a top 5 India player in men’s singles. One day there was discomfort in my back and it turned out that there were air bubble gaps in the bones of my spinal cord. I was told to quit sports. I consulted around 10 doctors but none could give me a solution. I was bedridden for around 20 days. Even to go to the washroom, I had to take support and there were fears of lower body paralysis but I was not ready to quit. After a few weeks, I started to try out things. Each day I tried a new way. I tried ayurvedic and everything possible and slowly figured out a way. Ultimately rehab, exercise and following a strict regime helped. I had to give up singles but after 3-4 years, I felt I was getting better.”.In 2012, he represented India in the men’s singles category at the China Super Series, but due to his medical condition, he shifted to the doubles category in further matches. He then partnered with T. Hema Nagendra Babu for the men’s doubles category, but the partnership was not very successful. In 2013, he teamed with Manu Attri, and their partnership did well in the matches. The duo went on to win many medals in the men’s doubles category. B. Sumeeth Reddy with Manu Attri in one of their matches.Sumeeth has participated in many badminton tournaments like:.In 2013, he was appointed as the Income Tax Inspector at the Department of Income Tax, Hyderabad.In 2019, B. Sumeeth Reddy got married to his long-time girlfriend N. Sikki Reddy, who is also a badminton player. When Reddy was 10 years old, he met Sikki for the first time at a badminton summer camp. In an interview, Sikki shared her love story, she said, I was in class VIII and he was in class X. Even my parents found out about it. But when I rejected his proposal, he stopped talking to me. Later, when I suffered an injury, he started talking to me again. His concern for me through that trying phase was what attracted me to him. He continued to propose but I still took my time. Eventually, he stopped answering my calls and started hanging out with other girls, and to be frank, that made me very jealous (smiles). I finally accepted his proposal when I was in graduation.”.In an interview, B. Sumeeth Reddy talked about his idols and his toughest competitor. He said, My idols are My dad, Gopi Chand, and Lin Dan. I had the toughest match with the badminton player from China Cai Yun.”.