New Delhi: Although the 2016 Rio Olympics qualification is based on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings that will be released on May 5, seven Indian shuttlers have confirmed to qualify for the Olympics after the recently concluded Badminton Asia Championship (BAC).
Among them, Saina Nehwal and P.V Sindhu will spearhead Indian’s challenge in the women’s singles event. This will be the first time for India to fill up the maximum slots available for each country in the women’s draw.
With the withdrawal of Parupalli Kashyap due to a knee surgery, Kidambi Srikanth becomes the team’s lone representative in the men’s singles category.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa will carry their country’s flag in the women’s doubles, while Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy have made it to the men’s doubles competition in Rio.
India’s national team Coach Pullela Gopichand was delighted on this achievement, and has created an eight-week training schedule for these shuttlers.
“I am excited with this big achievement. But we’ve experienced some ups and downs due to fitness problems. These shuttlers were forced to keep playing as they had to earn enough qualification points for Rio,” said Gopichand.
“Now that the Olympic qualification is finally over, we will have eight weeks for adjustments and training, that should be good enough for them,” added Gopichand.