India’s top shuttlers PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will be seen in action for the first time since the coronavirus-forced break when they compete in three upcoming tournaments in Bangkok, including the prestigious BWF World Tour Finals.
With Olympic qualifications in mind, the Badminton Association of India on Monday announced a strong eight-member squad to participate in the three upcoming tournaments scheduled in January.
The team consisting of Olympic bound shuttlers Sindhu, Saina, B Sai Praneeth, Kidambi Shrikanth, Satwik Sairaj, Chirag Shetty, Ashwini POnappa and N Sikki Reddy; will begin their campaign with Yonex Thailand Open from January 12-17. That will be followed by Toyota Thailand Open and the prestigious BWF World Tour Finals which is rescheduled for January 27-31.
After the coronavirus outbreak in March disrupted the sporting world resulting in cancellation or postponement of a number of tournaments, this will be the first time that top Indian players, apart from Shrikanth will feature in any International tournament.
The former World No. 1, Srikanth had made a comeback when he played the Denmark Open in October, “We are very happy to see badminton finally getting back on the court. It gives us hope that the tournaments can eventually makes a steady comeback in near future. Most of our players haven’t played tournaments in the last 7-8 months,” BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania said.
The team will also be accompanied by singles foreign coaches Agus Dwi Santoso and Park Tae Sang and doubles coach Dwi Kristiawan alongside support staff consisting of Kiran Challagundla, Jhonson, Evangelina Baddam and M Shrikanth.