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Indian Junior Squad for the Asian Junior Championship 2018

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 09 Jul, 2018
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The 21st edition Badminton Asian Juniors Championships 2018 is embarking from Saturday, 14th July 2018 at the Jaya Raya Sports Hall Training Center of Bintaro, Jakarta, Indonesia.


The objective of this championship is to bestow a chance on the rising badminton players across Asia to showcase their talent in the Under-19 category with participants from 16 countries in this championship including India.


Since the tournament is in the ballpark, Sanjay Mishra, the chief coach of the Indian team (Juniors), at the Karnataka Badminton Association is inspecting the entire preparation of the players.

A lot was changed this time, in the team and the primary objective is to fetch medals in Jakarta. This continental tournament will be very beneficial for the players in the upcoming World Junior Championships, in Canada, this November.


Mishra said that they are not in favor of oppressing kids for the medals. Many of the players are new, and the association wants them to perform the way they do during their practice. The aim is to cast out any fear the players may be facing.


According to the Badminton India Junior updates 2018, in the upcoming World Junior meet, the same team will represent India and play for the continental championship, and that will prepare the players to face challenges and battle for the medal.


The spotlight is on the fitness of the players and to evade any injury. The association also conducts sessions with the senior coaches U Vimal Kumar and Arvind Bhatt for the thoughtful assistance and provision of the players.


India has grouped with Korea, Kazakhstan, and Myanmar in the Group C with players for the Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles competitions.


Lakshya Sen, the former Junior World No 1 will join the camp, and on the other hand, Vaishanavi Jakka Reddy has withdrawn from the championship due to a knee injury.


However, Mishra still has some hope left, as Aakarshi Kashyap and Medha Shashidharan from Karnataka were among the team.


He said that consecutive junior championships are falling in the upcoming days. Also, the Under-13 and Under-15 summer camps are going on at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, consisting 90 kids.


The president of the Badminton Association of India, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma perceives that the top 20-25 players can be picked by the BAI, who will get the opportunity to receive advanced training in Indonesia, this winter.


The association is also planning to commence another camp in India where the selected players will go to Indonesia in the summers, next year. The camps will be organized in a loop. This winter, three more camps will take place in distinct locations along with three further junior international tournaments.


The objective behind these deeds of BAI is to produce highly potential and skilled young players.

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