India to kickoff Asian School Badminton against Malaysia

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India to kickoff Asian School Badminton against Malaysia

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SportsCafe Desk

07/07/2018

Hosts India are set up to open their campaign against Malaysia in the Asian School Badminton Championship on Saturday that is being held at the Indoor Stadium of Divisional Sports Complex in Mankapur. With Nepal and Bangladesh withdrawing, the tournament will revolve around six nations.

Opening the Asian School Badminton Championship, India will be encountering Malaysia, in both boys and girls’ section at the Indoor Stadium of Divisional Sports Complex in Mankapur from today. The tournament will extend to six days, where the team championship will be played with each team playing three singles and two doubles match.

After the inauguration, matches would resume from 6 pm on all the four courts. In the boy's section, Group A will be formed by India, Malaysia and China, whereas Group B will be consisting of Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong. From each group, there will be two teams qualifying for the semifinals.

In the girls’ category, Group A has Thailand, Singapore, and China in it. India, led by Malvika Bansod is Group B, are kept along with Hong Kong and Malaysia. The India Women's badminton coach Vishal Garje is hopeful of claiming medals during the event.

“We are very much sure of winning medals in both the boys and girls’ section. At the SAI centre in Aurangabad our teams had a good training session and we are eager to go to the courts and start our campaign on a positive note,” coach Garje said to TOI.

Hong Kong coach Kwan Yi Mong, who has been on her first visit to India, had stated that the heavy rainfall could be a concern, but was assured by the organizers.

“We reached today morning but were unable to see much of the city due to poor visibility. Haven't seen such heavy rainfall before. Yes, we were a bit worried but the organisers made all our player feel comfortable. We had practice session at the Stadium in the afternoon. Our practice session got a bit affected due to water leaking from the roof. The organisers who were working hard to clear all the things, have assured us of better Playing conditions. Overall the Indoor Stadium here is like all the other venues across the world,” Kwan Yi Mong said, reported TOI.

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