Ludhiana shuttler Dhruv in Thomas Cup squad; national camp cancelled | Badminton News – Times of India

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CHANDIGARH: Promising Ludhiana doubles shuttler Dhruv Kapila was on Thursday selected for the next month’s Thomas and Uber Cup finals, led by former World No 1 Kidambi Srikanth and world champion PV Sindhu, respectively, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) said.
For the two doubles events, men’s pairing of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and Kapila and MR Arjun have been selected in the team along with Krishna Prasad Garaga.
Kapila, who had earlier featured in the Badminton Asian Team Championships (BATC) in Manila in February, is excited at the prospect of representing the country in the prestigious tournament.
“I’m really happy to be a part of the Indian team for such a prestigious tournament. I badly missed the feeling of playing badminton over the past few months and getting an opportunity for this tournament is an icing on the cake,” Kapila told TOI from Hyderabad.
“Before the lockdown, I had a good run in PBL and then had the opportunity of playing in a big tournament like Badminton Asian Team Championships (BATC) in Manila in February, where we had a few good games against many top players including Indonesian giants Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan. It gave us a lot of confidence and belief.”
Out of action for the past five-six months, Kapila admitted he had a long way to go before attaining full match fitness, but promised to make the opportunity count.
“I’m of course not at my 100 percent because of the long gap due to coronavirus and it will take some time but I’m looking at the tournament to give my best and make a mark as it is a massive opportunity for us. I’m really excited for it,” he said.
Meanwhile, the national camp for the Thomas and Uber Cup has been cancelled. The camp that was to begin on September 7 proved to be a non-starter. With top players unwilling to comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) prescribed by Sports Authority of India (SAI), the Badminton Association of India (BAI) was forced to take the call on Thursday.
As per SOPs, players selected for the camp have to stay at the academy, but the shuttlers were reluctant to follow the rule.
BAI general secretary Ajay Singhania said, “After a lot of deliberations with all stakeholders including Sports Authority of India, we have decided to cancel the camp. With the SOP implemented and quarantine procedures followed, there will not be enough time to conduct a camp. We have also selected a team that will be representing India at the Thomas & Uber Cup (October 3-11) as well as the other two tournaments to be played in Denmark,” he said.



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