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28 Aug, 2021
The selection trials for the Indian Badminton Team for the upcoming Sudirman Cup and Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2021 will commence at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad from 8.30am on 28thAugust 2021.
All preparations have been made for the tournament with places from various parts of the country checking into Hyderabad to participate for the same. All covid safety measures and protocols have been put in place for the tournament and players are allowed to participate in any one of the four events for which selection trials have been called. The selection will be for men’s singles and doubles, as well as for women’s singles & doubles while the mixed doubles players will be picked from those who make the cut for the men’s & women’s doubles respectively.
As per a BAI circular issued earlier this week, a panel of national-level umpires and a BAI observer have been allocated for the conduct of the trials, which are expected to be concluded by the 1st of September 2021.
For the double’s events, players who have had to change partners will be allowed to participate provided the partners feature in the list of players published by the sport’s governing body.
Players with a rank of less than 20 will have an automatic selection while all the others will have to participate in the selection trials to make it into the team for the two prestigious events.
Featuring in the men’s singles draw would be the likes of Lakshya Sen, Sameer Verma, HS Pranoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Sourabh Verma, and Shubhankar Dey. While the women’s singles will have the likes of Ashmita Chaliha, Mughdha Agrey, Malvika Bansod and Akarshi Kashyap in the draw.
In men’s doubles, Arun George will team up with Sanyam Shukla, while B Sumeeth Reddy will join forces with Ghouse Shaik, Dhruv Kapila/Arjun MR, and Krishna Prasad/Vishnu Vardhan will be playing with their regular partners. In women’s doubles, Sikki Reddy & Ashwini Ponnappa will be the top players in action alongside Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand, Maneesha K/Sanjana Santosh and others.