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Badminton Association of India gears up for Asiad 2023 with national camp

The Badminton Association of India (BAI), which is the governing body of the sport in the country, has announced a mandatory national camp for Indian badminton players who will be taking part at the 19th Asian Games. The camp is slated to be held from September 11 to September 24, 2023, at Hyderabad’s renowned Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy. However, players who wish to take part in any international tournaments under the Badminton World Federation (BWF) during the dates of the national camp have to seek prior permission from the governing body.

However, the dates of the BAI’s training camp will overlap with the Hong Kong Open 2023, a significant BWF World Tour Super 500 event, where Indian badminton players were set to participate. Scheduled from September 12 to September 17, 2023, it is one of the few tournaments that will provide the players with an international exposure right before the Asian Games 2022. After this tournament, there are no other BWF events that clash with the Asian Games, scheduled to take place from September 23 to October 8, 2023.

Shuttlers who are set to take part/ skip the Hong Kong Open 2023

Indian prominent badminton players like HS Prannoy, who bagged bronze at the BWF World Championships 2023, and the gold-medalists at the Badminton Asian Championships Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, have decided to skip the Hong Kong Open 2023. However, other stars like two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, Commonwealth Games 2022 champion Lakshya Sen, and promising doubles pair Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand have entered the main draw of the Hong Kong Open competition.

Camp being held after a disappointing performance at China Open 2023

This decision of the BAI comes after a dismal performance by the Indian badminton team at the China Open 2023, the BWF World Tour Super 1000 event. All the key players including Prannoy, Satwik/Chirag, and Lakshya bowed out in the initial round, while Sindhu and Srikanth had earlier withdrawn. As the team looks forward to the Asian Games, the nation will aim to break their gold medal drought at the event. In the history of the event, India has managed to win just one silver and nine bronze medals at the Asian Games.

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