At least four young shuttlers from Manipur have been selected to represent India at the Badminton Asia U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships 2017 and the BWF World Junior Championships 2017. The young paddlers were selected among the group of 64-member squad for the championships.
India’s challenge will be led by under-17 national no.1 Maisnam Meiraba Luwang in the Badminton Asia U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships 2017 which will be held from October 4 to 8 at Yangon in Myanmar while the Junior World No. 1 Lakshya Sen will lead the country’s challenge in the BWF World Junior Championships 2017 to be held at Jakarta in Indonesia from October 9.
National selection committee headed by BAI’s secretary Anup Narang selected the 64 member strong squad for the championships. Manipur’s Meiraba will be supported by Dhruv Rawat of Uttarakhand, Akash Yadav of Andhra Pradesh and Iman Sonowal of Assam in the U-17 competition. The shuttlers have been performing consistently at the national level and will be eager to follow in the footsteps of their seniors, who are currently playing in the World Championships in Glasgow.
Akarshi Kashyap who is national no.1 in under-17 from Chattisgarh will lead India’s charge in the U-17 girls’ category. She recently won the Under-19 title in the All-India Junior Ranking tournament and will have Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana, Unnati Bisht of Uttarakhand and Malvika Bansod of Maharashtra by her side. Sidhant Gupta of Tamil Nadu, Ayush Raj Gupta of Uttar Pradesh and Punshiba Yengkhom of Manipur will lead the boys’ challenge in the Under-15 category, while the girls’ team will see the likes of S Kavipriya of Punjab, Sneha Rajwar of Uttarakhand and the Telangana duo of Gayatri Gopichand and Samiya Farooqui.
While Meiraba and Punshiba Yengkhom will play in boys sections, Maheshwari Kshetrimayum of Manipur will join the Indian team as a reserved player for Under-15 Girls competition in Myanmar. Konthoujam Dingku is another young player from Manipur selected for the BWF World Junior Championships.
India’s full squad for the championships is listed as below:
Badminton Asia U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships 2017, Myanmar:
Under -17 Boys – Maisnam Meiraba, Dhruv Rawat, Iman Sonowal, Aakash Yadav, Amit Rathore, Sathish Kumar, Edwin Joy, Arvind V Suresh, Vishnu Vardhan, Ishan Bhatnagar, Khush Chug;
Reserves – Sai Charan Koya, Sarath D, Rohan Gurbani,Pranoy R
Under-17 Girls – Gayatri Gopichand, Akarshi Kashyap, Unnati Bisht, Malvika Bansod, Ritika Thakar, Samiya Imad Farooqui, Varshini VS, Sahiti Bondini, Kavi Priya S, Keyura Mopati;
Reserves – Amolika Singh, Ashi Rawat, Simran Singhi, Trisha Hegde, Drithi Yatheesh
Under-15 Boys – Sidhant Gupta, Ayush Raj Gupta, Punshiba Yengkhom, Jayant Rana, Varun Kumar, Vikas Yadav, Arshan Shaik, Shubham Patel, Sanjeev Rao, Khajamoinuddin Shaik;
Reserves – Shankar Muthusamy, Arshad Shaik, Rithvik Sanjeevi, Tushar Bhandari, Chaynit Joshi, Mayank Chaudhary, Manish Chaudhary
Under-15 Girls – S Kavipriya, Sneha Rajwar, Gayatri Gopichand, Samiya Farooqui, Ashi Rawat, Kriti Bhardwaj, Treesa Jolly, Reza Mahreen,Tanya Hemant, Aditi Bhat;
Reserves – Janani Ananthkumar, Maheshwari Kshetrimayum, Bhargavi K, Shruti Moghe, Khushi Thakkar.
BWF World Junior Championships 2017, Indonesia:
Boys – Lakshya Sen, Rahul Bhardwaj, Kartikey Gulshan Kumar, Aryaman Tondon, Dhruv Kapila, Krishna Prasad, Sanjay Srivatsa, Siddhart Elango, Krishna Sai Kumar Podile, Arintop Das Gupta, Dinku Singh, Manjit Singh;
Reserves – Swarn Raj Borah, Deep Rambia, Saurabh Kerhalkar
Girls – Akarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chahlia, Purva Barve, Gayatri Gopichand, Mithula UK, Rituparna Panda,Simran Singhi,Ritika Thakar,Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy, Ira Sharma,Malika Bansod;
Reserves – Ashwini Bhatt, Apeksha Nayak