The Badminton Association of India (BAI) is planning to recommend Ajay Jayaram’s name for the TOP scheme after his commendable performance that ended after his runner up position at the Finals at the Victor Korea Open 2015 which also has helped him to regain his place at the top-25 in the latest rankings issued by the Badminton World Federation earlier last week. .
It is worth to note that the 27-year-old lad had already reached the semifinals of Russian Open, Swiss Open and Malaysia Masters, all Grand Prix level tournaments earlier this year.
“It was a commendable performance by Jayaram. We have asked the technical committee to compile his profile and we are planning to recommend his name for TOP scheme,” BAI president Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta said.
Jayaram, who was left badminton for atleast six months after suffering a shoulder injury in January last year, will have a chance to qualify if he can come up with some sensational performances in the coming tournaments.
Other qualifier for the Rio Olympics are Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Kashyap, Srikanth, RMV Gurusai Dutt, Prannoy where the first to be qualified in April this year. While, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa was also included in the scheme by the sports ministry. Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri, the Men’s Doubles pair ranked 19th in the world, have also been included in the scheme.
The qualification date for Rio Olympics is open till May 5, 2016.