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BAI announces team for CWG, Asiad and Thomas & Uber Cup

BAI announces team for CWG, Asiad and Thomas & Uber Cup

April 23, 2022

Following six days of action at the selection trials at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced the Indian contingents for the upcoming Thomas & Uber Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.

For the Commonwealth Games, the men’s team consists of Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty and B Sumeeth Reddy, while PV Sindhu is set to lead the women’s squad which has Aakarshi Kashyap, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri P and Ashwini Ponappa alongside her. 

Sumeet Reddy and Ponappa made the cut into the men’s and women’s squads respectively for the Commonwealth Games after their top-place finish in the mixed doubles category. The 14-year-old teenage sensation from Rohtak, Unnati Hooda, definitely caught the selectors’ eyes as she secured a place for the Asian Games as well as the Uber Cup by finishing third in the women’s singles after Kashyap and Ashmita Chaliha, who claimed first and second positions respectively. Hooda is the youngest Indian badminton player to be part of the Asian Games squad.

A ten-member women’s team for the Asian Games and the Uber Cup will consist of PV Sindhu, Kashyap, Chaliha, Hooda alongside Top 3 doubles pairs from the trials: Treesa Jolly-Gayatri P, N Sikki Reddy-Ashwini Ponappa and Tanisha Crasto-Shruti Mishra. Sindhu, Sen, Srikanth and men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Shetty were awarded direct entry into the squads for their world rankings inside Top 15. In-form shuttler HS Prannoy has also been included as part of automatic selection for his consistent impressive recent form at the international circuit.

Priyanshu Rajawat, who claimed the top spot in the men’s singles category, also made his way into the ten-men contingent for the Asian Games and the Thomas Cup alongside Sen, Srikanth and Prannoy. The team also has Satwiksairaj and Shetty and the Top 2 doubles pairs from the trials: Dhruv Kapila-MR Arjun and Vishnu Vardhan Goud-Krishna Prasad Gariga.

Following the selection meeting, Sanjay Mishra, General Secretary of BAI, commented:

We are delighted with the energy of the selection trials. All the players gave everything on the court to earn themselves a chance to represent the country. It’s great to see high-quality competition for the positions. I congratulate all the players and wish them good luck for their preparations for mega events.

This new format for the trials was developed to provide a platform where the senior as well as young players can have opportunities and now you can now see the squads are a great mix of youth and experience and am sure each of them will make the most of this opportunity and make India proud.

The trials saw participation of 120 players in the five categories as the league-cum-round-robin format tested the ability of the players in each stage from April 15–20. Apart from the squads for the three major tournaments which are to be held this year, the BAI also finalised names of 40 players (20 men and 20 women) for the senior national coaching camp and core group for the 2024 Olympic Games based on the players’ positions in trials.

The 32nd edition of Thomas Cup and the 29th Uber Cup are scheduled to be held in Bangkok from May 8–15, while the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2022 Asian Games will kickstart in Birmingham and Hangzhou respectively from July 28 and September 10, 2022.

INDIAN SQUADS

Commonwealth Games:

Men:
Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty and B Sumeeth Reddy 

Women:
PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri P, Ashwini Ponappa

Asian Games and Thomas & Uber Cup:

Men:
Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Priyanshu Rajawat, Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Dhruv Kapila, MR Arjun, Vishnu Vardhan Goud, Krishna Prasad Garaga 

Women:
PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha, Unnati Hooda, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri P, N Sikki Reddy, Ashwini Ponappa, Tanisha Crasto and Shruti Mishra

Aditya Chaudhuri

Hailing from the City of Joy, the things that bring me joy are cricket, a good non-tilt CS:GO session, F1 and movies.

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