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We Can Evaluate Ourselves Before Rio Games: Gopichand

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

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MUMBAI: National badminton coach Pullela Gopichand said on Wednesday there were a few tournaments that would self evaluate and help in the self analysis for the Indian players before the start of Rio olympics.

Pullela Gopichand.(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

Pullela Gopichand.
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“It’s still some time away from the qualification (for Rio Games). The first real benchmark will be the qualification. But having said that we have the India Open (in Delhi), The Syed Modi International GP Gold (Lucknow), Thomas and Uber Cups, Asian Championships, also in India, and the All England. These are the big events in which we have a chance to gauge ourselves,” said Gopichand on Wednesday.

The cut-off date for qualifying for the Rio Games Badminton is the first week of May, 2016.

When asked about the chances of winning more medails from the Indian side,
“All said and done, I think the medal we won is one of the biggest moments for Indian badminton, for me personally. To better it would be great. Even otherwise, to have a bigger contingent gives us a chance of a medal because I believe all of our players who qualify will stand a chance to win a medal,” he said.

Uttejitha Rao Upsets Rasika In The Quarters Of The Malayala Manorama All India Senior Ranking Tournament

Uttejitha Rao.(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

Uttejitha Rao.
(Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

NAGPUR: Sai Uttejitha Rao, unseeded here made the biggest upset of the day by defeating the Sixth seed Rasika Raje 24-22, 21-4 in 30 minutes in the Malayala Manorama All India Senior Ranking Badminton tournament at Cochin on Monday.

In the semifinal, Rao lost to P.C. Thulasi.

In the finals clash, second seed Tanvi Lad will clash with Thulasi on Tuesday.

Both the players ar etrainee of Gopichand Academy.

Lack Of Depth In Women’s Group: Prakash Padukone

TATA OPEN 2015. (Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

(Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

MUMBAI: “I am confident about the depth in men’s singles for the next ten years with so many talented youngsters ready to take over from the likes of P Kashyap once they retire. But the same cannot be said about the women’s singles,” said Prakash at the launch of the 8th edition of the USD 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge here on Tuesday.

“Apart from Saina and Sindhu, there is none of international class at present. The same is true of the pairs events. A lot of work needs to be done in ladies singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles,” said the former All England champion.

“There is a lot of talent (among boys) in the smaller centres, which is a very good sign for the growth of the game. According to me, badminton has to be ranked in the top 3 sports in India based on popularity, standard and new courts. We are on the right track,” said Prakash.

“The Tata Open is growing bigger by the day. Next year I am told even Gopi (National coach Pullela Gopichand) is going to conduct a tournament (at this level) and then players will have the chance not to have to travel too much as our tournament will be followed by Gopi’s at Hyderabad and the one in Bangladesh,” he said.

Prakash said his academy (PPBA), which has completed twenty years of existence, has shifted its focus to the younger groups so that there’s no duplication with the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad which caters to the seniors.

“I am glad that in the junior nationals the under 17 (Lakshya Sen, Arintap Dasgupta) and 19 (Chirag Sen, Ansal Yadav) winners and runners-up are from our academy though they are from different states. Maisnam Meiraba, the Manipur boy who won the U15 title, is also from our academy,” he said.

He, however, put the onus on verification of the correct age of players on the state associations and the Badminton Association of India, saying his academy is “only for training talented players.”

The Bengaluru based academy is conducting the Tata Open at the Cricket Club of India where 200 shuttlers from nine countries, including hosts India are participating. The finals are scheduled on December 13.

The countries that would be represented along with the hosts are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Uzbekistan.

A total of 144 Indians would take part and the hosts’ challenge in men’s and women’s events. Sameer Verma, world no 53 and Salil Rane, world no 52 are heading the tournament.

World no. 71 Anand Pawar is also to take part in men’s singles along with Malaysian world no. 85 Joo Ven Soong and Thai world no. 95 Khosit Phetpradab.

World no. 80 P. C. Thulasi, who won an earlier edition, is another leading Indian woman player who would be in action along with Malaysian world no. 30 Jing Yi Tee, the top seed, and world no. 39 Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

In men’s doubles, Thien How Hoon and Khim Wah Lim of Malaysia are the top seeds followed by the second seeded Indian pair of Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.

In women’s doubles, a Thai and Malaysian pairs are the top two seeds.

Malaysia will have 28 players in the draw, Singapore 12, Thailand 9 and Indonesia 8, while two players each from Uzbekistan, Lanka and Nepal and one from the Vietnam.

The main draw commences on December 10.

All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament – Hyderabad 2013

The All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2013 will be held at Hyderabad at Gopichand Academy from 23-Jan-2013 to 27-Jan-2013.




About the Tournament:

Name: Smt. Vankina Anjana Devi Memorial All India Senior Ranking Tournament – 2013

Dates: 23-January-2013 to 27-January-2013 (Qualifying: 23rd and 24th | Main Draw: 25th to 27th)

Venue: Pullela Gopichand Nimmagadda Foundation Badminton Academy

Address: Hyderabad

Contact: phone: Mr.K.Pani Rao 09440065604 | email: paniraokunta@yahoo.in

Total Prize Money: Rs.5 Lakhs

Events: Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles

Entry Fees: Singles: Rs.200/- per player | Doubles: Rs.400/- per pair.

Deadlines: The last date for receipt of Players’ registration forms is 26th December 2012 | Allotment of Player Id (30th Dec 2012) | Last date for entries is 2nd January 2013.

Shuttles: Yonex AS-3 shuttles will be used in this tournament.

Courts: There are six courts allocated for this tournament.