top of page

Unnati Hooda, the youngest Indian badminton player for Asian Games

Updated: Apr 22, 2022


The new league-cum-round robin format selection trials tested the ability of the 120 top national players from across the country in the five categories during April 15-20 at the Indira Gandhi Stadium.


The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced the Indian contingents to participate in the upcoming Thomas and Uber Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. The 32nd Thomas Cup and 29th Uber Cup is scheduled in Bangkok from May 8-15 and the 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2022 Asian Games will kickstart in Birmingham and Hangzhou respectively from July 28 and September 10, 2022.


“We are delighted with the energy of the selection trials. All the players gave everything on the court to earn themselves a chance to represent the country. It’s great to see high-quality competition for the positions. I congratulate all the players and wish them good luck for their preparations for mega-events,” said Sanjay Mishra, General Secretary of BAI, after the selection meeting.

Commonwealth Games:

Men's Squad: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, and B Sumeeth Reddy

Women's Squad: PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri P, Ashwini Ponappa


Asian Games and Thomas & Uber Cup:

Men's Squad: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Priyanshu Rajawat, Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Dhruv Kapila, MR Arjun, Vishnu Vardhan Goud, and Krishna Prasad Gariga.

Women's Squad: PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha, Unnati Hooda, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri P, N Sikki Reddy, Ashwini Ponappa, Tanisha Crasto, and Shruti Mishra.


“This new format for the trials was developed to provide a platform where the senior, as well as young players, can have opportunities and now you can see the squads are a great mix of youth and experience and are sure each of them will make the most of this opportunity and make India proud,” Mishra added.


The 14-year-old teenage promising star Unnati Hooda surprised and secured a place for the Asian Games and Uber Cup and she is the youngest Indian badminton player to be part of the Asian Games squad.


Photo: BAI Media, Twitter



PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Pronoy, and the pair of Satwiksairaj and Shetty were selected directly based on their world rankings.


The new league-cum-round robin format

In men’s singles, 25 players were divided into eight groups. The top two players from each group progressed to the second stage where they divided into four groups. The winner of each group played for the top four positions in a round-robin format. Runners-up from each group fought for 5-8 positions and third-placed players played for 9-12 positions.


In the women’s singles, 19 players were divided into six groups, five groups of three players each and one group with four. The top two players progressed into the second stage and then four groups were formed as they fought for positions from 1-12 in a round-robin format.


In addition to these three major tournaments, BAI has finalized the names of 42 players (21 men and 21 women) for the senior national coaching camp and core group for the 2024 Olympic Games, based on players’ positions in trials.


The senior national coaching camp and core group for the 2024 Olympic Games


Men's Squad: Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Priyanshu Rajawat, Kiran George, Ravi, Sameer Verma, Sai Praneeth, Chirag Shetty, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Dhruv Kapila, MR Arjun, Vishnu Vardhan Goud, Krishna Prasad Gariga, Manu Atri, Sumeeth Reddy, Ishan Bhatnagar, Sai Prateek, Hariharan, Rubankumar, and Prateek Rande.


Women's Squad: PV Sindhu, Aakarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chaliha, Unnati Hooda, Aditi Bhatt, Tanya Hemant, Malvika Bansod, Tasneem Mir, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri P, N Sikki Reddy, Ashwini Ponappa, Tanisha Crasto, Shruti Mishra, Simran Singh, Ritika Thakkar, Ashwini Bhatt, Shikha Gautam, Khushi Gupta, Kavya Gupta, and Akshaya Warang.






91 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comments


Durable & Stable Shuttle

WEIDAN Badminton Goose Feather shuttlecocks which are durable and stable in flight for advanced players

Read more..

bottom of page