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Badminton at Asian Games: Meet the Indian medalists and the 2023 squad

Badminton made its first appearance in the Asian Games as a demonstration sport at the Asian Games in 1958 in Tokyo, Japan, and became a regular competitive sport in 1962. Since then, the sport has been dominated by China bagging a whopping 107 medals in total, including 43 gold, 29 silver, and 35 bronze medals. With a rich medal haul of 99 and 66, Indonesia and South Korea stand second and third on the best nations’ table. In Badminton, India (10) is presently in ninth place in the most successful nations list at the Asian Games, having claimed one silver and nine bronze medals. However, the country has never been able to bag the prestigious gold in the history of the event and will be aiming for its first-ever title in the Asian Games 2023.

Indian medalists at the Asian Games

No.EditionAthlete (s)EventMedal
1Tehran 1974Davinder Ahuja, Partho Ganguli, Raman Ghosh, Dinesh Khanna, Prakash PadukoneMen’s teamBronze
2New Delhi 1982Syed ModiMen’s singlesBronze
3New Delhi 1982Leroy D’Sa, Pradeep GandheMen’s DoublesBronze
4New Delhi 1982Leroy D’Sa, Pradeep Gandhe, Partho Ganguli, Syed Modi, Uday Pawar, Vikram SinghMen’s teamBronze
5New Delhi 1982Vandana Chiplunkar, Ami Ghia, Madhumita Goswami, Amita Kulkarni, Hufrish Nariman, Kanwal Thakar SinghWomen’s teamBronze
6New Delhi 1982Leroy D’Sa, Kanwal Thakar SinghMixed DoublesBronze
7Seoul 1986Leroy D’Sa, U. Vimal Kumar, Ravi Kunte, Sanat Misra, Syed Modi, Prakash Padukone, Uday PawarMen’s teamBronze
8Incheon 2014Pradnya Gadre, Tanvi Lad, Saina Nehwal, Ashwini Ponnappa, N. Sikki Reddy, P. V. Sindhu, P. C. ThulasiWomen’s teamBronze
9Jakarta 2018P. V. SindhuWomen’s SinglesSilver
10Jakarta 2018Saina NehwalWomen’s SinglesBronze

India at the Asian Games 2023

India is sending a strong team of 19 badminton players to the Asian Games 2023. The team will include 10 men and nine women. PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy, the pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, as well as the duo of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, got direct entries into the team based on their world rankings. While Tanisha Crasto is set to compete in both women’s and mixed doubles events.

The team’s remaining spots were filled after a four-day trial at the Jwala Gutta Academy in Hyderabad. According to the selection criteria set by India’s Badminton Association, several openings were available – three each for men’s and women’s singles, one each for the doubles categories, and two for mixed doubles. Kidambi Srikanth and Ashmita Chaliha performed exceptionally well, winning all their matches, and will participate in the individual events at the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou.

In the men’s singles, Lakshya Sen and national champion Mithun Manjunath also made it to the team. Anupama Upadhyaya and Malvika Bansod will be joining in the women’s singles category. In doubles action, Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun earned their spot, owing to their better game difference. The women’s doubles category will see a second team of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto, in addition to the first team of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly. The mixed doubles category will feature Sai Pratheek K partnering with Tanisha Crasto, while the pair of Rohan Kapoor and N Sikki Reddy will be the other mixed doubles team.

Indian Badminton Squad for the Asian Games 2023

Men’s singles: HS Prannoy, Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen and Mithun Manjunath

Men’s doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty, Dhruv Kapila/MR Arjun

Women’s singles: PV Sindhu and Ashmita Chaliha, Anupama Upadhyaya and Malvika Bansod

Women’s doubles: Gayatri Gopichand/Treesa Jolly and Ashwini Ponnappa/Tanisha Crasto

Mixed doubles: Rohan Kapoor /N Sikki Reddy and Sai Pratheek K/Tanisha Crasto

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