The Indian Badminton team for the Asian Games 2023 has been announced. A total of 19 players will represent India in these Asian Games, including 10 men and 9 women.
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Indian badminton players PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy besides women’s pair of Gayatri Gopichand-Treesa Jolly had already qualified by being in the top-20 of the BWF rankings. They have got direct entry in Asian Games 2023 on the basis of ranking. And the rest of the players got admission on trial basis. According to the selection trials format announced by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), three spots in each men’s and women’s singles, one spot each in men’s and women’s doubles and two spots in mixed doubles were up for grabs.
After winning the women’s singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham, former world champion PV Sindhu made a comeback in the 2023 season after a huge break for a long time due to a long injury. In the Swiss Open, Sindhu made it to the second round. However, before that she eliminated in the first round of Malaysia Open, India Open, All England Championship. Meanwhile, Badminton Asia Championship 2023 title winning player Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and his partner Chirag Shetty are also in the team. While in the women’s doubles event, the pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and her partner Tanisha Crasto will assist Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly. The pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly reached the semi-finals of the All England Open 2023.
Other singles players in the Indian team include Kidambi Srikanth and current senior national women’s singles champion Anupama Upadhyaya. Commonwealth Games 2022 champion Lakshya Sen has also made it to the team for the men’s singles event. World No. 23 Dhruv Kapila/MR Arjun, Krishna Prasad G/Vishnuvardhan Goud P and the new pairing of Suraj Goala and Pruthvi Roy K finished with two wins each will tightly contest in the men’s doubles category. Kapila and Arjun made the final squad based on a better game difference.
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Indian Badminton Squad for Asian Games 2023:
Men’s singles: HS Prannoy and Kidambi Srikanth (individual/team), Lakshya Sen and Mithun Manjunath (team)
Men’s doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty and Dhruv Kapila/MR Arjun (individual/team)
Women’s singles: PV Sindhu and Ashmita Chaliha (individual/team), Anupama Upadhyaya and Malvika Bansod (team)
Women’s doubles: Gayatri Gopichand/Treesa Jolly and Ashwini Ponnappa/Tanisha Crasto (individual/team)
Mixed doubles: Rohan Kapoor /N Sikki Reddy and Sai Pratheek K/Tanisha Crasto