Manraj, Rakshita to lead Indian contingent in Netherlands and German junior tournaments

Badminton players Manraj Singh and Rakshita Sree S will lead a 19-member Indian contingent at the Dutch (Netherlands) Junior and German Junior International tournaments next month. The Dutch Junior International will start from March 1 in Haarlem while the German Junior International will start from March 8 in Berlin. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) conducted a four-day selection trial from January 24 to 27 in Greater Noida.

The players were selected on the basis of this. India’s 33rd-ranked player Manraj topped the men’s singles event, followed by Ayush Shetty, Lokesh Reddy K and Gagan. Budding shuttler Rakshita will lead the women’s singles section along with Shreya Lele, Jiya Rawat and Alisha Naik. BAI Secretary Sanjay Mishra said, “It is a good group of budding Indian badminton players. He is doing well in the junior circuit. He has also proved his mettle in the selection trials and cemented his place in the team.

All of them have the potential to finish their campaign on the podium (to win a medal).” Team: Men’s singles: Manraj Singh, Aayush Shetty, Lokesh Reddy K, Gagan Women’s singles: Rakshita Sri S, Shreya Lele, Jiya Rawat, Alisha Naik Men’s doubles: Bhavani Chhabra/Param Chowdhary, Divyam Arora/Mayank Rana Women’s doubles: Vennala K/Shreyanshi Valishetty, Vaishnavi Khadkekar/Sanya Sikandar Mixed doubles: Arulmurugam R/Srinidhi N, Satwik Reddy K/Vaishnavi Khadikekar.

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