BAI announces 23-member squad for BWF World Junior Championship

Tamil Nadu’s Sathish Kumar will lead the boys' singles challenge and Gujarat's Tasnim Mir will lead the girls.

Sathish Kumar has amassed an impressive total of 925 points from the All India Junior Ranking tournaments.   -  K. Pichumani

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced the 23-member Indian squad that is set to participate at the BWF World Junior Championship 2019 to be held in Kazan, Russia from 30th September to 13th October.

The boys’ singles challenge will be led by Tamil Nadu’s Sathish Kumar, who has amassed an impressive total of 925 points from the All India Junior Ranking tournaments held in Panchkula and Bangalore in the month of August.

“While selecting the squad, BAI has looked into the performances of the young shuttlers at the two All India Junior Ranking tournaments held in Panchkula and Bangalore last month and considered the cumulative ranking points each of them earned,” said Ajay K Singhania, General Secretary, BAI.

The girls’ team will be spearheaded by Gujarat’s Tasnim Mir, who secured a total of 813 points from the two ranking tournaments.

Besides Sathish, Nagpur’s Rohan Gurbani, Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba and Pranav Rao Gandham of Telengana will be representing India in boys’ singles.

In girls’ singles category, Tasnim will be joined by Uttarakhand’s Aditi Bhatt and Unnati Bisht, and Karnataka’s Trisha Hegde.

Tasnim Mir has secured a total of 813 points from the two ranking tournaments. PHOTO: Sudharkara Jain

 

While considering the player's selection, each of the leg winners got 500 while the runner-up bagged 425. The rest of the points bifurcation are: semifinals (388), quarterfinals (275) and pre-quarter-inals (192).

For the girls’ doubles, Aditi Bhatt and Goa’s Tanisha Crasto will be leading the Indian charge after securing back-to-back wins in the two ranking tournaments that gave them a whopping total of 1000 points. In the boys’ doubles category, Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam from Manipur will be the biggest hopes from the Indian contingent after topping the table with 852 points from two tournaments.

Tanisha Crasto will also lead the charge in mixed doubles with Chattisgarh partner Ishaan Bhatnagar after the pair’s brilliant run in the two ranking tournaments. The pair topped the ranking table after winning both the ranking tournaments and locking 1000 points with the wins.

At the previous edition, Lakshya Sen brought India’s fifth boys’ singles bronze medal from this prestigious tournament and the squad will hope to add to India’s medal count.

The coaching team will be headed by Junior National coach Sanjay Mishra and the team will be undergoing a training camp, starting September 13 in Bangalore that will continue till September 27.

The Squad

Sr No

Name

State/Org

Sr No

Name

State/Org

              BOYS          GIRLS 
1.Sathish Kumar K

TN

1.Tasnim Mir

GUJ

2.Rohan Gurbani

A.I.

2.Aditi Bhatt

UTR

3.Maisnam Meiraba

A.I.

3.Trisha Hegde

AI

4.Pranav Rao Gandham

T.S.

4.Unnati Bisht

UTR

5.Ishaan Bhatnagar

MNP

5.Tanisha Crasto     GOA
6.K. Manjit Singh  

MNP

6.Treesa Jolly  

KER  

7.K.Dingku Singh

MNP

7.VS Varshini  

TN  

8.Yash Raikwar

MP

8.Shruti Mishra  

UP  

9.Iman Sonowal

ASM

9.Samriddhi Singh  

UP  

10.Navaneeth Bokka

TS

10.Ramya C.V.  

KER  

11.Qadeer Moinuddin

TS

11.Nafeesah Sara Siraj  

KER  

12. Sankarprasad Udaykumar         KER