On a high after a superlative performance at this years Commonwealth Games, the Badminton Squad for the upcoming ‘Mini Olympics’ aka Asian Games has been announced.
Badminton Squad – A Mix of Debutants and Current Champs
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced the names of six junior players, who were selected in the team of 20 shuttlers.
Gayatri Gopichand, daughter of chief national coach Gopichand Pullela made her spot in the team of 20. Ashmita Chaliha, Aakarshi Kashyap, Rutuparna Panda, Sai Uttejitha Rao, Arathi Sara Sunil will join the young shuttler.
Winner of 2016 Chinese Taipei Masters, Sourabh verma will also join the badminton squad for the Asian Games in Jakarta along with the famous trio of PV Sindhu, K Srikanth and Saina Nehwal.
Asian Games Badminton Squad – The selection process
Two senior ranking tournaments in Hyderabad and Bengaluru were organized by BAI.
The objective behind the tournaments is to select a team after excluding the senior players from the tournaments.
In men’s singles, Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, Prannoy and Sameer Verma have already made the cut. Former national champion, Saurabh captured the last spot. The shuttler not only had recovered from back to back injuries, but he has also reached the finals at Hyderabad, after conquering Bengaluru tournament.
The selection committee, at Bengaluru, has focused on the uniformity and robustness of the players in the selection procedure.
The committee has also considered the past 6 months performance and fitness of the players.
Before selection, the training camps reports from the coaches of the players was also considered as an important criterion for selection.
BAI president, Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the points entitled by each player from both the domestic tournaments for the qualification were significant aspects of the selection procedure.
This was a notable step of the selection panel to maintain transparency in the selection procedure. In a situation, where the points of any two players were equal, the outcomes of their direct competition were considered.
Sarma said that every player should get the golden opportunity to play for the nation. He congratulated the nominated players for the upcoming tournaments.
Badminton Squad – Women’s Team
By giving astounding performances in the selection tournament, four young shuttlers were tabbed by BAI in the women’s singles. Bengaluru title was won by Uttejitha whereas Ashmita won the Hyderabad title.
Gayatri and Aakarshi Kashyap, who completed the semi-finals in Hyderabad have produced an excellent show and made it to the vacant spots. Former national champion and runner-up at Bengaluru, Rituparna Das, performed well, however she did not make it to the list.
Women’s Doubles Team
Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy, the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist players, made their place in the squad. After winning Bengaluru title and reaching the semi-finals in Hyderabad, the women’s doubles twins Rutuparna Panda and Arathi Sara Sunil grabbed the second position in the team.
Badminton Squad – Men’s Team
The men’s doubles have also grabbed the attention of badminton fans. CWG silver medallist, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will be the first pair. B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri will also join the squad as the second duo.
Mixed Doubles team
Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sikki, the senior mixed doubles pair have also joined the squad along with Ashwini and Satwik, who will be in the second pair of the mixed doubles.
August 18th to September 2nd, will be the season of the 18th edition of the Asian Games.
We hope that the renowned titles and medals showered upon the players.