India braces up for Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

Since the Games clash with the Davis Cup World Group play-off to be staged in Canada from 15 to 17, India will not be able to field some of its best men players.

Vishnu Vardhan will be one of the participants from India in the Asian Indoor Games.   -  S. Mahinsha

The Indian tennis players will get another platform to make an impact in the fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games to be staged in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from September 17 to 27.

Since the Games clash with the Davis Cup World Group play-off to be staged in Canada from 15 to 17, India will not be able to field some of its best men players. Thus, it will be an opportunity for Vishnu Vardhan, Sumit Nagal, Sidharth Rawat, Vijay Sundar Prashanth to assert their class in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

The women’s team will have Ankita Raina, Riya Bhatia, Dhruthi Venugopal and Prarthana Thombare.

Vishnu Vardhan has an Asian Games mixed doubles silver with Sania Mirza. Equally, Prarthana Thombare had won the women’s doubles bronze in the last Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, with Sania. From each country, two players can compete in singles and field one doubles team each in the men’s and women’s section, apart from one mixed doubles team.

The Indian tennis team will have former national champion Ashutosh Singh as the captain and coach.

The Asian Indoor and Martial Art Games will also feature athletics, 3x3 basketballl, belt wrestling, billiards sports, bowling, chess, track cycling, dance sport, equestrian, futsal, ju-jitsu, kick boxing, kurash, muaythai, samba, short course swimming, taekwondo, traditional wrestling, weightlifting and wrestling.