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Indian Open: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu get top billing as tournament returns after two-year hiatus

Indian Open: Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu get high billing as event returns after two-year hiatus | Badminton Information

New Delhi: Former champions Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu of India have been given the highest billing within the males’s and girls’s sections, respectively, because the Yonex-Dawn India Open badminton returns after two-years hiatus.
The event will begin with predominant draw from January 11 and no spectators shall be allowed on the venue, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event, organised by the Badminton Affiliation of India (BAI), will kickstart the 2022 worldwide season.
Reigning World Championships silver medallist Srikanth has obtained the highest billing within the males’s singles part with world champion Loh Kean Yew and bronze medallist Lakshya Sen additionally vying for his or her first India Open crown.
BAI common secretary Ajay Singhania expressed his delight that the event goes forward and is assured that will probably be a grand success like the sooner editions.
“The India Open has develop into an essential occasion on the BWF calendar. We’ve got taken all potential precautions for the security of the gamers and officers and we’ll attempt to have interaction followers by means of numerous on-line platform and reside broadcast on tv,” he mentioned.
Double Olympic medallist Sindhu will lead the cost within the ladies’s singles part which additionally has the likes of two-time champion Saina Nehwal, Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan and Singapore’s up and coming Jia Min Yeo.
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Sindhu, winner of the 2017 version, mentioned enjoying with out followers could be a little bit of a dampener however she was as motivated as anybody to clinch her second event title.
“I’ve at all times seemed ahead to enjoying in New Delhi as India Open has at all times had full home crowd with nice environment as successful a event at house is at all times particular for any participant.”
Males’s singles high seed and former champion Srikanth mentioned the event supplied him the right alternative to construct on his World Championships success.
“It is a lengthy season for all us with the Asian Video games and Commonwealth Video games scheduled later this yr. Beginning the season on house turf offers me an ideal alternative to start out the yr on a successful observe,” mentioned the previous World No. 1.
The tenth version of the event, which is being held after a spot of two years following the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020, will see members from 19 international locations throughout 5 classes.
World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen can be eager to depart his mark in his first look within the house event.
“I’ve at all times seemed ahead to enjoying the India Open. I needed to wait for 2 years as a result of coronavirus pandemic however I’m assured of placing my finest foot ahead this week.”
As a result of COVID-related restrictions, strict protocols are adopted and all gamers must undergo obligatory assessments earlier than getting into the venue.
Vikramaditya Dhar, the Managing Director of Dawn Sports activities India Pvt Ltd., insisted that supporting the event is a part of their dedication to the game.
“Badminton is without doubt one of the hottest sports activities within the nation and the Yonex-Dawn India Open has performed an essential function in bringing top-level badminton within the nation.
“As badminton motion re-starts after the two-year break, we’re dedicated to do every part that helps the game to develop additional,” Dhar mentioned.

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