BAI calls on players for selection tryout for Sudirman Cup and Thomas & Uber Cup final
The Badminton Association of India will be holding a selection trial on August 28 to choose the teams for the upcoming Sudirman Cup and the Thomas and Uber Cup finals. The prestigious Sudirman Cup Mixed Team Championship will be held in Vantaa, Finland from September 26 to October 3, followed by the Thomas and Uber Cup from October 9 to 17 in Aarhus, Denmark.
“BAI will conduct a selection test for the upcoming Sudirman Cup and Thomas & Uber Cup to be held at Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad from (Saturday) August 28, 2021,” the governing body said in a letter. . “Players are requested to report. For Trial by August 27, 2021 (evening).”
The 105 players called the trials include both junior and senior commuters. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, London 2012 Games bronze medalist Saina Newhal, Tokyo B Olympian Sai Praneeth, Rio 2016 Olympic quarter-finalist Kidambi Srikanth and world No.10 Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were directly selected for both events.
India, along with England, Russia and Egypt, were placed in the 9-16 bracket at the Sudirman Cup. “We have selected the players who are ranked in the top 20 in the world directly for the two tournaments. They don’t need to go through the ordeals, ”BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania told PTI.
Lakshya Sen, HS Prannoy, Verma brothers – Sameer and Sourabh, former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, Ajay Jayaram and Subhankar Dey are the most prominent names on the men’s singles roster. In Women’s Singles, Ashmita Chaliha, Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap, Tasnim Mir, Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy and Gayatri Gopichand are some of the names who will be entering the trials.
Women’s doubles Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and men’s doubles Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also have to go through practice. BAI also said “parents, personal trainers and other members” will not be allowed during testing in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.
The last entry date is August 26.
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