Lakshya to play and train in Europe for a month | Badminton News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The Denmark Open next month will not be a one-off exposure tournament for world No. 27 Lakshya Sen. It will mark the beginning of the shuttler’s stay in Europe for a month-long training-cum-competition schedule.
In a bid to make good use of his trip to Denmark, the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy prepared a detailed programme, including training and practice in Copenhagen as well as Lakshya’s participation at the Super 100 SaarLorLux Open at Saarbrucken in Germany from October 27 to November 1.
Lakshya’s trip will be funded by the Union government, with the Sports Authority of India’s Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) approving the programme under the Target Olympic Podium scheme.
SAI also cleared the participation of Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth in the Super 750 Denmark Open, which will be held at Odense from October 13-18.
“After the Denmark Open, Lakshya will stay back in Copenhagen for 10 days to train at the Peter Gade academy. He will also practise with the Danish National team till October 25. We felt the high-quality sparring in Denmark would do him a world of good,” PPBA head coach U Vimal Kumar told TOI.
Lakshya, who is the defending champion at the SaarLorLux Open, is likely to be seeded third this time, Vimal said.
“That would be the next leg of Lakshya’s European circuit. Once that is done, he resumes training at the Peter Gade Academy and the National training centre from November 2-7. He also has the opportunity to train at the Hvidovre Badminton Club, which Prakash Padukone used to represent during his playing days,” Vimal added.
Lakshya was scheduled to fly to Thailand from Denmark for the Asia leg of the Badminton World Federation events but with the leg being postponed to January next year, he will return to the country. The shuttler will be accompanied by his father and coach DK Sen and a physiotherapist.

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