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04 Jun, 2018
This year, the much-awaited Asian
Junior Badminton Championship’18 will be held from July 14-22 at Jakarta,
Indonesia. A plethora of talented and skilled badminton players in Under-19
Badminton Championship will be seen showcasing their talent and representing India
specialist Ritika Thaker and Simran Sanghi have been selected in the Under-19
Badminton squad. All the top players including 2 singles and 2 doubles were
selected in Indonesia for the ABC Tournament. This will be Ritika’s 4th consecutive year to represent
at the much-coveted Asian Badminton Championships for Juniors. Ritika is the
first-ever player from the city to have won women’s singles and doubles at the
Ivory Coast International.
In an interview with the media,
Ritika confessed that “After the Tirupur triumph we were confident about our
selection. It’s a very proud feeling. We will give our best to bring laurels to
The Jakarta tournament will hold singles
and mixed player games which will commence on July 18 and July 14-17
respectively under the guidance of Chief Junior National Coach Sanjay Mishra.
Zohaib Khan Khalil, will be representing
Pakistan in the SCG Asia Junior Badminton Championship. Last time, he reached
the quarter-finals, however, besides a lot of struggle to find coaching and
encouragement for the game, he said “I am aiming to finish in the final or at
least [in the] semi-final this time as I have improved my skills.”
Asian Badminton Championship will
be spearheaded by former World No. 1 and current no. 10 Lakshya Sen with Vaishnavi
Jakka Reddy in the Badminton Asia Junior Championship.
The tournament will witness
Lakshaya Sen to be playing with Priyanshu Rajawat, who caught the eyes of the selectors
during the recent selecting trial tournaments.
India’s current no. 1 Amar Farogh alongwith
number three Kiran George will be seen playing in the boy’s singles category.
However, Vaishnavi Reddy will join hands with Akarshi Kashyap and S. Kavipriya
in the girl’s singles category.
Manjit Singh Khwairakpam, Dingku
Singh, Vishnuvardhan Goud and Sri Krishna Sai Kumar Podile will lead the Indian
charge in the men's doubles category while Simran Singhi, Ritika Thaker, K
Preethi and Shristhi Juppudi will be the key players in the girls' doubles
Khalil further added that despite
of the travel expenses paid by Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) alongwith
Rs. 400 daily allowance that they give to the players.