Lakshya to lead India’s challenge in BWF World Junior ChampionshipAugust 23, 2017
NEW DELHI: Junior World No. 1 Lakshya Sen will lead the country’s challenge in the BWF World Junior Championships in Jakarta from October 9. While India No. 1 player (Under-17) Maisnam Meiraba will lead the challenge in the Badminton Asia U-17 and Under-15 Championships in Myanmar from October 4.
The 64 member strong squad was picked by the national selection committee headed by BAI’s secretary Anup Narang during a meeting last week.
“We are steadily improving in world badminton. This is another opportunity for our young players to extend their supremacy,” Narang said.
Manipur’s Meiraba will be supported by Dhruv Rawat of Uttarakhand, Akash Yadav of Andhra Pradesh and Iman Sonowal of Assam in the U-17 competition. All four have been performing consistently at the national level and will be eager to follow in the footsteps of their seniors, who are currently playing in the World Championships in Glasgow.
The country’s No. 1 (Under-17) player Akarshi Kashyap of Chattisgarh will spearhead India’s charge in the U-17 girls’ category. Akarshi, who recently won the Under-19 title in the All-India Junior Ranking tournament, will have Gayatri Gopichand of Telangana, Unnati Bisht of Uttarakhand and Malvika Bansod of Maharashtra by her side.
Sidhant Gupta of Tamil Nadu, Ayush Raj Gupta of Uttar Pradesh and Punshiba Yengkhom of Manipur will lead the boys’ challenge in the Under-15 category, while the girls’ team will see the likes of S Kavipriya of Punjab, Sneha Rajwar of Uttarakhand and the Telangana duo of Gayatri Gopichand and Samiya Farooqui.
BWF World Junior Championships
Boys – Lakshya Sen, Rahul Bhardwaj, Kartikey Gulshan Kumar, Aryaman Tondon, Dhruv Kapila, Krishna Prasad, Sanjay Srivatsa, Siddhart Elango, Krishna Sai Kumar Podile, Arintop Das Gupta, Dinku Singh, Manjit Singh; Reserves – Swarn Raj Borah, Deep Rambia, Saurabh Kerhalkar
Girls – Akarshi Kashyap, Ashmita Chahlia, Purva Barve, Gayatri Gopichand, Mithula UK, Rituparna Panda,Simran Singhi,Ritika Thakar,Vaishnavi Jakka Reddy, Ira Sharma,Malika Bansod; Reserves – Ashwini Bhatt, Apeksha Nayak