Preparations of Indian Badminton for 2019 Games: All England

Preparations of Indian Badminton for 2019 Games: All England

Coach Pullela Gopichand has stated his desire to reclaim the All England crown again — men or women — and March 6-10 will see India aim for the prestigious one. In an Olympic qualification year, it helps that none of Kidambi Srikanth, P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are defending big points, and go into the new year with no major injury concerns.

The World Championships will be the biggest event of a relatively sparse competition year after the CWG-Asiad scramble of 2018, but the unassuming sport will look to stay in the headlines by picking up titles. Sindhu ended the year on a high, winning the World Tour finals to end a breathless stretch of consistency, while Saina stays in contention with the new bunch. Sameer Verma has thrown his hat into the ring for the second men’s singles spot alongside H S Prannoy, and it will be interesting to see how Gopichand manages to steer the oft-neglected male players to the next level, even as he balances shepherding of Sindhu and Saina.
The promising Lakshya Sen will be under scrutiny in his freshman year on the seniors circuit, while Gayatri Gopichand’s career will be a thing of curiosity. The pair of Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty will look for a breakthrough doubles win.

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