On Wednesday, Indian badminton pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy have ruled out of the Sudirman Cup due to medical reasons as the safety of the players are of utmost importance. The current World No 10 duo pair was essentially going to be a part of the Sudirman Cup which kick starts from 26th September and ends on 3rd October held in Finland this year. A source of BAI has informed PTI mentioning “Chirag and Satwik have removed on clinical grounds as the previous isn’t well”. The duo pair was last seen participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics mega event where they showed their contribution and performance well.
A source from BAI also told PTI “It is also uncertain if they will participate in the Thomas Cup which will be held after the Sudirman Cup. It will be subject to Chirag’s recovery from illness.” The Thomas Cup is set to commence from 9th October till 17th October which will be held in Aarhus, Denmark.
There is a huge chance where Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun will be mostly replacing the duo pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy for the Sudirman Cup in Finland.
The rest of the squad also consists of Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, a women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and youngsters with the likes of Malvika Bansod, Aditi Bhatt, Tanisha Crasto, Rutuparna Panda all participating in the tournament this year.
The Indian badminton team will be set battling out with China, Thailand and tournament host Finland in Group A.