Niluka Karunaratne (Sinhala: නිලූක කරුණාරත්න; Tamil: நிலுக கருணாரத்ன) (born 13 February 1985) is a Sri Lankan Olympic badminton player who compete in 2012 and 2016. He was selected to captain the Sri Lankan contingent to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Karunaratne competed in five consecutives Commonwealth Games from 2002–2018.
|Birth name||Niluka Karunaratne|
|Born||13 February 1985|
Galle, Sri Lanka
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Highest ranking||34 (27 June 2013)|
|Current ranking||130 (31 December 2019)|
Karunaratne, born in the coastal area of Galle, received his primary and secondary education in Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda and Royal College, Colombo, where he won the Royal Crown in 2001. He took up badminton at the age of 8, having been introduced to the sport by his father, who was a national level badminton player. He currently holds a position in the banking sector as a bank employee.
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he was knocked out of the men's singles in the round of 16 by Srikanth Kidambi. He was also part of the Sri Lankan mixed badminton team, which was knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by England.
2012 Summer OlympicsEdit
On 30 July 2012, Karunaratne defeated world eighth-ranked Kenichi Tago of Japan 2–0. Karunaratne defeated Tago 21–18, 21–16 in 44 minutes at the Wembley Arena in the Olympic men's badminton singles Group C at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The Associated Press quoted him as saying: "This is the biggest win in the history of Sri Lanka badminton". India's Parupalli Kashyap sent him out of the Games, in a closely fought pre-quarter match.
South Asian GamesEdit
|Renu Hettiarachchige|| Sanave Thomas
BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2019||Benin International||Ade Resky Dwicahyo||23–21, 21–17||Winner|
|2017||Brazil International||Ygor Coelho||9–21, 21–14, 21–18||Winner|
|2016||Portugal International||Gabriel Ulldahl||21–17, 21–13||Winner|
|2016||Uganda International||Pedro Martins||21–17, 21–15||Winner|
|2014||Dutch International||Rasmus Fladberg||Walkover||Runner-up|
|2012||Bahrain International||B. Sai Praneeth||21–14, 14–21, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2012||Brazil International||Kevin Cordon||21–17, 20–22, 19–21||Runner-up|
|2012||Iran Fajr International||Sameer Verma||21–18, 21–15||Winner|
|2012||Uganda International||Wisnu Haryo Putro||21–11, 21–18||Winner|
|2011||Welsh International||Lok Chong Chieh||21–16, 18–21, 21–19||Winner|
|2011||Miami International||Rodrigo Pacheco||21–12, 21–14||Winner|
|2011||Puerto Rico International||Michael Lahnsteiner||21–18, 21–15||Winner|
|2016||Uganda International||Dinuka Karunaratna|| Ali Ahmed El Khateeb
|2010||Maldives International||Dinuka Karunaratna|| Sulehri Kashif Ali
|21–18, 18–21, 15–21||Runner-up|
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| Flagbearer for Sri Lanka
- "Niluka KARUNARATNE - Olympic Badminton | Sri Lanka". International Olympic Committee. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
- Weerawansa, Dhaneshi (15 July 2012). "Seven Sri Lankans at London 2012 Olympic Games". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka).
- "Niluka Karunaratne". london2011.com. Archived from the original on 31 July 2012.
- "Participants: Niluka Karunaratne". gc2018.com. Gold Coast 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Glasgow 2014 - Niluka Karunaratne Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Olympic dreams". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka).
- "Royal felicitates Olympic Shuttler Niluka". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 31 May 2012.
- "Karunaratne brothers giving Lanka a new high in badminton". The Times of India. 2 February 2010.
- "Ranking of Niluka KARUNARATNE". Badminton World Federation.
- "I want to be among the best 10 in the world". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 2012. Archived from the original on 26 July 2012. (interview)
- Nazir, Muhammad Ahmad (7 July 2012). "Niluka Karunaratne stretches his winning run at OCBC US Open Grand Prix Gold". newspakistan.pk.
- "Glasgow 2014 - Men's Singles Round of 16". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- "Glasgow 2014 - Mixed Teams Quarter-final". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
- Niumata, Foster (30 July 2012). "Sri Lankan KOs Tago in badminton upset". Associated Press via Yahoo! News.