Saina, Srikanth, Sai Praneeth leave for Thailand, Sindhu to fly from London

The Indian badminton workforce, together with Olympic hopefuls Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth, and Kidambi Srikanth, on Sunday, left for Thailand to compete in back-to-back BWF World Tour Super 1000 occasions.

While Srikanth had participated within the Denmark Super 750 in October, for the remainder of the squad will probably be the primary occasion in almost 10 months, after the COVID-19 pandemic had shutdown all tournaments globally.

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu is ready to fly out of London on Sunday to play her first event for the reason that coronavirus-induced break. She will attain Bangkok through Doha.

Apart from Denmark Open, SaarLorLux Super 100 was the one different occasion to be held final yr for the reason that BWF was pressured to droop the calender after the completion of the All England Championships in March.

All eyes at the moment are on the 2 Super 1000 occasions — Yonex Thailand Open (January 12-17) and Toyota Thailand Open (January 19-24) because the world’s finest returns to motion following a protracted break.

The workforce additionally consists of Olympic-bound males’s pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, besdies doubles exponents Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy.

HS Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma, Dhruv Kapila, Manu Attri have been amongst others who left for Bangkok from Hyderabad through Dubai on Saturday.

The workforce was additionally accompanied by singles overseas coaches Agus Dwi Santoso and Park Tae Sang and doubles coach Dwi Kristiawan together with different assist employees.

Injured Lakshya pulls out of two Thailand occasions

Lakshya Sen in motion final yr. (File)

Lakshya Sen has pulled out of this month’s consecutive tournaments in Thailand due to a again pressure that he sustained throughout coaching.

The 19-year-old, who claimed 5 titles within the senior circuit in 2019 together with two BWF World Tour Super 100 high honours — SaarLorLux Open and Dutch Open, has been suggested relaxation by medical doctors after he suffered a again harm.

“Unfortunately, Lakshya will not be able to play the two events in Thailand due to a slight back strain that he suffered during training,” PPBA Director and former India coach Vimal Kumar advised PTI.

Thailand will host two Super 1000 occasions between January 12-17 and January 19-24. Lakshya, a silver medallist from the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, won’t be able to take part even within the second occasion due to the quarantine protocols.

Lakshya had final participated within the Denmark Open in October earlier than he was pressured to withdraw from SaarLorLux Open, the place he was the defending champion, after his father and coach DK Sen had examined optimistic for the COVID-19 after reaching Germany.


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