Rising shuttler Unnati Hooda will be one of the nation’s youth players to contend for the championships as a 36-member Indian delegation travelled for Nonthaburi, Thailand to compete in the Badminton Asia U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships 2022, slated for November 29 to December 4.
Unnati, who won the Odisha Open, will compete in the U-17 women’s singles alongside Jiya Rawat and Anmol Kharb, while Tanvi Sharma, who won the trials, will compete in the U-15 women’s singles alongside Ishita Negi, Suhasi Verma, and Sampriti Pal. Tanvi Sharma will lead the charge in the U-17 women’s singles.
The players were chosen through the selection trials, which were held in Hyderabad last month.
The players to keep an eye on in the U-15 men’s singles are Mohammad Ali Mir, Gnana Dattu, Abhinav Garg, and Anish Thoppani. In contrast, Dhruv Negi, Ansh Negi, Prajwal Sonawane, and Neer Nehwal will be in charge of the U-17 men’s singles.
The chosen athletes also took part in a 12-day national camp from November 14 to November 25 in Raipur as part of their preparations for the competition.
Arsh Mohammad and Sanskar Saraswat, Divyam Arora and Mayank Rana, and the duo of Arjun and Aryan Birajdar will play in the men’s U-17 doubles division, while Bjorn Jaison and Aatish Sreenivas PV and the duo of Arjun and Aryan Birajdar will compete in the men’s U-15 doubles division.
Along with the team of Navya Kanderi and Rakshita Sree S, Vennala K and Shriyanshi Valishetty will compete in the U-17 women’s doubles division. The women’s U-15 doubles squad includes Aanya Bisht and Siddhi Rawat as well as Tanvi Andluri and Durga Kandrapu.