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UAE Badminton Revolution: Rising Stars Shine

In recent years, the UAE has witnessed a remarkable surge in its badminton scene, with four teenage players claiming the coveted top spots in the Badminton World Federation's (BWF) junior rankings. Identical twins Dhiren and Dev Ayyappan, along with Taabia Khan and Bharath Latheesh, have all made significant strides in their respective categories, showcasing the nation's growing prowess in the sport. This meteoric rise can be attributed to a combination of factors, including the relentless efforts of the UAE Badminton Federation and the

Satwik-Chirag Seek Revenge in India Open Quarterfinal

In their pursuit of a second India Open title, Satwiksiraj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are set to face a formidable Danish duo, Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, in the quarterfinals. Despite a challenging history against the Danish pair, the Indian second seeds remain focused on revenge after a narrow defeat at the World Championships. The article provides insights into their recent performance, strategic mindset, and the anticipation surrounding the upcoming clash. Satwik and Chirag, aiming to claim the India Open title in
Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic medal

Sindhu awaits ice cream with Modi after second Olympic…

NEW DELHI: Indian badminton ace PV Sindhu awaits a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after she became the country’s first woman to win two individual Olympic medals. "GOAT - Grittiest Of All Time", the Indian Express front page read on Monday (Aug 2), riffing off Greatest Of All Time after Sindhu beat China's He Bingjiao in Tokyo and swooped a bronze medal. The world champion's victory on Sunday came five years after she finished second at the Rio Games. Sindhu’s father PV
India's badminton star Sindhu finds peace of mind amid expectations in Tokyo

India’s badminton star Sindhu finds peace of mind amid…

TOKYO: India's Badminton superstar PV Sindhu is carrying the hopes of her country's 1.3 billion people, but meditation is helping her stay calm in the eye of the storm. The 26-year-old world champion, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Games, would become only the second Indian ever to win an individual Olympic gold if she triumphs this week in Tokyo. With Rio champion Carolina Marin of Spain absent with a serious knee injury, Sindhu has as good a chance as any in
Singapore's Yeo Jia Min loses to South Korea's Kim Ga-eun at Tokyo Olympics

Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min loses to South Korea’s Kim…

SINGAPORE: Singapore's Yeo Jia Min was knocked out of the women’s singles Badminton competition at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday (Jul 28).  The 22-year-old lost against South Korea’s Kim Ga-eun, ranked 18th in the world, 21-13, 21-14, at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza.  Yeo, ranked 30th in the world, had a 3-1 head-to-head coming into the match with Kim, winning their last two encounters in 2019. On Wednesday morning, Kim started strongly, pulling ahead 11-6 at the interval of the first game. She
Chinese trio named in BWF's Hall of Fame

Chinese trio named in BWF’s Hall of Fame

BEIJING: China's Olympic gold medallists Zhang Ning, Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng have been inducted into the Badminton World Federation's Hall of Fame, the sport's governing body said on Wednesday (Jun 2). Zhang won gold in the women's singles at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was crowned world champion in 2003. Cai and Fu are the only men's doubles pair to have won four world titles. They also won Olympic gold at London in 2012. BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer said the trio

Badminton’s Scoring System Remains Unchanged, BWF To Continue With…

Badminton’s scoring system remains unchanged as an attempt to replace the existing three-game format of 21 points each with a best-of-five of 11 points on Saturday failed to get the required two-thirds majority during the Annual General Meeting of the sport’s global body. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) member nations voted on the proposal to amend the laws of the sport relating to the scoring system during the body’s 82nd AGM that was held virtually. The proposal put forward by the Indonesian Badminton Association and the
India's badminton team to miss Malaysian Open due to COVID-19 travel ban

India’s badminton team to miss Malaysian Open due to…

NEW DELHI: India's Badminton team has been forced to withdraw from the Malaysian Open due to a travel ban, potentially impacting the players' hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) said on Thursday (May 6) that the team had pulled out due to the travel ban imposed by Malaysia in the wake of an unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases in India. The Malaysian Open is one of the final two events where Olympic hopefuls can collect points

BWF need to reduce financial imbalance in badminton with…

There is no doubt that Badminton’s journey towards becoming a professional sport has been hindered by the amateur mindset of the When the much-delayed prospectus for the India Open 2021 – an Olympic qualifying event – was released, the immediate queries I got from a few foreign players included the question about who would be paying for lodging and boarding during the quarantine period. According to the tournament prospectus, those coming from Europe have to undergo seven days of quarantine while those
Japan's Momota wins at All England, Indonesians out after COVID-19 fears

Japan’s Momota wins at All England, Indonesians out after…

LONDON: Badminton world No 1 Kento Momota made a winning return to international action at the COVID-19-affected All England Open on Wednesday (Mar 17), while Indonesia's team were forced to withdraw after a passenger on their flight to Britain tested positive for the coronavirus. The 26-year-old from Japan defeated India's Kashyap Parupalli 21-13, 22-20 in a first-round match played without fans in Birmingham. Momota, who made a successful return to domestic Badminton by winning the All-Japan Championship in December, was playing his first

Swiss Open 2021: PV Sindhu outclasses Mia Blichfeldt to…

Sindhu, the reigning world champion, beat fourth seeded Blichfeldt 22-20 21-10 in 43 minutes to avenge her first-round loss to the Danish world no. 12 at the Yonex Thailand Open in January. Basel: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu dished out a superlative performance to outclass Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark in straight games and enter the women's singles final of the Swiss Open Super 300 tournament on Saturday. Sindhu, the reigning world champion, beat fourth-seeded Blichfeldt 22-20, 21-10 in 43 minutes to avenge her first-round

German Open 2021 badminton tournament cancelled owing to coronavirus

The German Badminton Association made the decision 'in consultation and agreement' with the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport's global governing body said in a statement. New Delhi: The upcoming Yonex German Open 2021 was on Thursday cancelled owing to restrictions imposed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was to be held in Mlheim an der Ruhr from 9-14 March. The German Badminton Association made the decision "in consultation and agreement" with the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport's global governing body said in a

BWF World Tour Finals: Sindhu could go all the…

PV Sindhu looked in real danger of missing out on the BWF World Tour Finals for the first time in five years before a quarterfinal appearance at the Toyota Thailand Open combined with a slice of good fortune helped her sneak into the traditional year-end tournament. Sindhu was only ranked 10th in the World Tour rankings but Nozomi Okuhara's inability to participate and the rule allowing only two maximum entries from each nation helped Sindhu make the cut as the eighth and final

Kidambi Srikanth Resumes Training After BAI Reduces Mandatory Quarantine…

The Badminton Association of India informed that the entire team which participated in the Thailand Open will undergo the mandatory Covid-19 test on Monday. The BAI reduced Kidambi Srikanth's mandatory quarantine from 14 days to a week. Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth resumed his training on Sunday after the Badminton Association of India (BAI) reduced his mandatory quarantine to a week. BAI informed that the entire team which participated in the Thailand Open will undergo the mandatory Covid-19 test on Monday. "#BAI has ensured @srikidambi's mandatory quarantine of