Written by Shivani Naik
| Mumbai |September 11, 2020 9:46:04 am

India continue to shine at mixed-team badminton event in Gold Coast.Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy will prepare collectively for the Uber Cup (Reuters)

Ashwini Ponappa is anticipated to journey to Hyderabad round September 17, to renew coaching with accomplice Sikki Reddy as India’s Uber Cup staff fleshes out in coming fortnight to mount a problem on a medal at Aarhus, Denmark from October 3-11.

“Ashwini will be part of me on final 10 days, so we’ll have the ability to rediscover the mixture rhythm,” Sikki stated. Having examined damaging on her second check final month, Sikki is grateful she’s again in coaching. “Very completely happy to be again and the coaching is superior. Getting there, three extra weeks I’ve to stay centered. I used to be the one doubles participant round within the camp, so all corrections and a spotlight was excellent. By no means bought a lot consideration like this. Coaches have been engaged on me very nicely,” she added, decided to keep away from earlier pitfalls in her sport.

“Consistency is the important thing. Not making easy errors.The coaches have been working primarily on bettering the consistency,” she added.

With PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal settling into coaching slots on the Gopichand academy and Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod additionally within the camp, the Uber Cup problem appears like coming collectively within the nick of time.

With Ashwini and Sikki getting to coach collectively – the 2 have been in Bangalore and Hyderabad respectively, India will area a full-strength squad.

India have China of their pool grouping, with a face-off assured.


The Thomas Uber Cup camp in the meantime was cancelled on Thursday. The staff was introduced with out an evaluation by selectors, since a camp couldn’t be accommodated into the obligatory quarantine to satisfy the deadline.

“After lots of deliberations and multi-level conferences with all stakeholders together with Sports activities Authority of India, we now have determined to cancel the camp. With the SOP carried out and quarantine procedures adopted, there is not going to be sufficient time to conduct a camp and therefore it was a choice taken in session with the 5 selectors and the Nationwide Coach. We now have additionally chosen a staff that will likely be representing India on the Thomas & Uber Cup in addition to the opposite two tournaments to be performed in Denmark,” stated Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI) Basic Secretary Ajay Singhania.

A press assertion from SAI famous: “An in depth SOP for the campers together with quarantine norms have been mentioned with all stakeholders and accepted by all. Resulting from paucity of time, it was determined that the gamers would report back to the camp with a Covid damaging check report and be in quarantine, to be examined for Covid once more on the sixth day. SAI additionally posted an assistant director, who has helped in drawing up the Covid protocols within the Bengaluru centre the place the hockey gamers are coaching, on the badminton academy to sensitise gamers about Covid protocols and quarantine norms. Nevertheless, it has been learnt that owing to unwillingness of some campers to endure the quarantine interval, the camp which was to start out on September 7, couldn’t start.”

Col. Dr Bibhu Kalyan Nayak, member of the committee that drafted Covid protocols for SAI and the Sports activities Science Marketing consultant on the Sports activities Science Centre in Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi, stated, “All actions, choices and insurance policies being drawn out in the course of the pandemic are guided by the precept of making certain security of gamers. To minimise the danger of transmission of the virus, particularly the place gamers are coming from totally different locations and have been coaching at totally different areas, it is very important be certain that everyone seems to be quarantined and a check is carried out thereafter. Our athletes are our nationwide belongings and their security is of utmost significance. In these instances making certain security and minimising dangers at camps need to be primarily based on the twin philosophy of self-protection by sustaining all protocols and solidarity to make sure others round are additionally protected, which is essential in staff video games. Nevertheless, given the dynamic nature of the scenario each coverage is drawn up maintaining the present state of affairs in thoughts and should evolve because the scenario adjustments.”


There are alternatives galore for the youthful gamers chosen to pitchfork themselves into limelight taking part in in badminton’s comeback meet. The third singles with Lakshya Sen and Subhankar Dey in males’s singles particularly, and Aakarshi Kashyap and Malvika Bansod amongst girls, particularly will discover themselves within the highlight as India intention to profit from a spurt of withdrawals gunning for a medal, although doubles is as but low on preparation and personnel.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy was felled by a Covid constructive earlier (he’s due a second check quickly) leaving Chirag Shetty with no cause to danger travelling for a scratch mix with the Olympics on the lengthy horizon.

MR Arjun, Dhruv Kapila and Krishna Prasad Garaga are thrilling new abilities, and Thomas Cup presents them a great likelihood to nick an upset, although it’ll be upto the skilled pair of Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri to shoulder the duty.

In Thomas Cup, India has been positioned in Group C with 2016 champions Denmark being their largest competitors, apart from Germany and Algeria in the identical group. In Uber Cup, India finds itself in Group D with the opposite groups being China, Germany and France. Nevertheless, the 14-time champions China are nonetheless awaiting affirmation of their participation and all eyes are on whether or not the badminton powerhouse will area a full-strength staff.

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