NAGPUR: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has surprisingly allowed four players belonging to hte U17 category to compete recently concluded 24th Krishna Khaitan Memorial All India Junior Ranking Badminton tournament being played at Chandigarh.
It is noteable that these players were banned for the Asian Junior Badminton Championship held at Kudus, Indonesia.
The names of the palyers includes Kanika Kanwal, Bhavya Rishi, Kalpita Sawant and Siril Varma.
Out of four, Bhavya Rishi did not bother about the SAI test and went on to represent India by travelling on her own to Indonesia.
When contacted about this controversy, BAI secretary (tournament) Punnaiah Choudary said they did not get the official report from the SAI yet.
“The SAI had conducted the medical and bone test before junior ABC tournament but they have not submitted us the official report of the tests yet. Unless we get the official report, we cannot stop the players from participating in the tournament. As and when we get the SAI reports, we will act soon,” said Choudary.
The veteran official said if these players are really found overage, they will not be able to play in the same age group. “We will not totally ban the players but we will direct them to play in the higher age group. They will not be allowed to play in the same age group in which they have found overage. We will direct the authorities and respected state associations not to consider their entries for the present group,” said Choudary and added he doesn’t know when he will get reports from SAI.
ODENSE: Much expected Kidambi Srikanth made his early exit at the Denmark Open 2015 to the surprise. However he ahd his first round encounter easy against Ajay Jayaram also from India where he got the good of Ajay in straight games 21-10, 21-14.
Srikanth was cornered in the second round where he faced Tommy Sugiarto Of Indonesia and went down without a fight 21-15, 21-17 in straight games. Tommy had his intensions clear of not making Srikant move round to the corners and played a simple tactical game with mixtures of smashes at crucial junctures which Srikant failed to Capitalize on. it was like Srikant was only half warmed up when the total battle wasin favour of Tommy.
H S Prannoy  lost against Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei in the opening round after a fighting dual between the two which lasted for about an hour and 21 minutes to be precise. It is also noteable that he had earlier lost to the same opponent in the Bulgarian open way back in 2011. This will be his second loss in their previous two meetings.
Prannoy got thebest of the first game and lead 7-3 early, however Hao caught the indian back at 13-12. Prannoy then quickly got back his groove and made a move to 17-13 and then sealed the first game in his favour.
It was Hao  who had his second game in his style and was always in the lead never giving a chance for Prannoy to catch up.
In the decider, Prannoy quickly led the game ahead of Hao to a 4-0 lead, but was caught up by Hao at 6-6 and 13-13. From then on Hao rallied superbly giving Prannoy no chance and eventaully won the decider 21-15.
NAGPUR: Malvika Bansod, a student of Centre Point School, Dabha has progressed well in her badminton career this week where she has raised to her career high as India No.2 in her U 15 girls category. She has a overall of 1125 points to her credit while the first possition is shared by Aakarshi Kashyap of Chattisgarh and Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy of Telangana with 1200 points each.
She got selected in the Indian Side where she will took part of the Indain Badminton team ever first time her badminton career where she participated in the Asian Junior Championships.
She was ranked No. 8 when she started off this year, her runner up position at the last all India tournament at Gulbarga and a match point loss in the U-15 girls’ singles final against Gayatri Gopichand put her in the No.2 spot.
“It was a pleasant surprise for me. For the last one year, I was trying to crack into first four rankings, which would have enabled me to get selected for representing India in overseas tournaments. I want to give all the credit to my coach Kiran Makode,” Malvika told TOI on Wednesday.
Other ranking results includes, Gayatri Gopichand and Vaishnavi Reddy, U 15 Girls Doubles rank No.1, Ritika Thaker and her partner Simran Singhi of Mumbai suburban No. 2.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, the Top Women’s doubles pair from India went down from World No. 11 to ranked No. 12 in the latest women’s doubles rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Thursday.
The drop in their rankings was mainly due to their quarter-final loss at the World Championships later this year, their first round loss at the Japan Open and did not play the Victor Korea Open 2015 as well.
Meanwhile in the Men’s Doubles section, the pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy also dropped a spot down from 19th position to World No. 20.
Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi or K. Srikanth is an Indian badminton player born on 7 February 1993 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and is currently the highest ranked Indian player in the international circuit. His father KVS Krishna is a farmer, and his mother Radha a house-wife. Srikanth’s brother Nanda Gopal is also a badminton player.
Let us see some moreinteresting facts about this young lad who has remarkably put India on the winner’s podium for India in the badminton sport.
Facts and Figures about Srikanth Kidambi,
He is presently the highest ranked Indian Player atleast for the past six Months (World No.5, as per the latest BWF world rankings issued on 01-Oct-2015).
First Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men’s title when he won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier after beating Lin Dan by 21-19 21-17 in the final round.
2011 – Commonwealth Youth Games, Isle of Man – Srikanth won the silver in mixed doubles and bronze in doubles.
2012 – Maldives International Challenge – Srikanth defeated the Junior World Champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli of Malaysia to win the Men’s singles title.
2013 – Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold event – Srikanth won the Men’s singles title beating the world number eight and local favorite Boonsak Ponsana, 21-16, 21-12.
2014 – Malaysian Open – Quarter Finalist.
2014 – Commonwealth Games, Glasgow – He was part of the Indian badminton contingent that reached the semi finals of the Mixed-team event/ Men’s Single s Quarter Finalist.
2014 – China Open Super Series Premier – Men’s Singles Winner.
2014 – Hong Kong Open Super Series – Men’s Singles Semi-Finalist. Lost the match to Chen Long of China in three sets in the semifinals.
2014 – BWF Super Series Masters – Men’s Singles Semi Finalist.
2015 – Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold – Winner.
All India Junior International Badminton Championships, Pune – Winner (Singles/Doubles).
All India Senior National Championships, Delhi – Srikanth beat reigning champion and Olympian Parupalli Kashyap to claim his first senior national title.
2013 – IBL – He was part of the Awadhe Warriors team that finished second.
2014 – India Open Grand Prix Gold event, Lucknow – Runner up.
2015 – India Open – Winner.
He also has other memorable and notable records among more international players across the world.
Arjuna Awardee, the highest award for a sportsperson from India.
Received Rs. 500000 from BAI for 2015 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold victory.
Received Rs. 500000 from BAI for 2015 2015 India Super Series victory.
Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy, Hyderabad.
Former International Champion, Mr. Pullela Gopichand.
Supporters & Sponsers:
GoSports, Bangalore, India.
Li-Ning, his official sponsor for badminton accessories.
RMV Gurusaidutt after his injuries breakthrough is fighting it hard and is ready for climbing the rankings ladder once again to regain his position in the world top 25 position by year end.
It was remarkable to note Gurusai Dutt was at his career best ranking of World No. 19 in 2013.
“I’ve been injured on and off. I had a quadricep strain after Vietnam open. And there has been a long time issue with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis in my right foot. Each injury took atleast 2 weeks,”
“Though they were not major but took time to recover. And because of the small niggles, I’m not able to continue my training. My back was also giving some problem. But now I look better,” added the 25-year-old, who clinched a bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year.
Asked about his plans now, Guru said: “I am playing a challenger and a Grand Prix in Bulgaria and Dutch Open. I have also entered for Bitburger and Bahrain.
“My first aim is to get into top-30 before Hong Kong and the Macau Open. By the year end, top 25 would be good with the way I’m going. For now, it’s important to take one tournament at a time,” said the Hyderabadi.
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.
The Bihar State Badminton Association has announced the names of the players selected for the East Zone Inter State Badminton Championships 2015 to be held at Jalpaiguri. Good luck to all the players and the Bihar teams.