14-Year-Old Shuttler Unnati Hooda Youngest Indian To Be Part Of Asian Games Squad

By H.JanGra April  22, 2022

The Badminton Association of India on Thursday announced strong contingents to participate in the upcoming Thomas and Uber Cup, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.

Teenage sensation from Rohtak, Unnati Hooda, has secured a place for the Asian Games as well as Uber Cup by finishing third in the women's singles at trials after Kashyap and Ashmita Chaliha

Hooda is the youngest Indian badminton player to be part of the Asian Games squad

Following six days filled with high-voltage competition and nail-biting action in the selection trials at the Indira Gandhi Stadium in New Delhi, the squads for the upcoming events were announced.

For the Commonwealth Games, the men's team consists of Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty and B Sumeeth Reddy

PV Sindhu will lead the women's squad which has Aakarshi Kashyap, Treesa Jolly, Gayatri P and Ashwini Ponappa

A 10-member women's team for the Asian Games and Uber Cup will consist of PV Sindhu, Kashyap, Chaliha, Hooda

Alongside Top-3 doubles pairs from the trials-Treesa Jolly-Gayatri P, N Sikki Reddy-Ashwini Ponappa and Tanisha Crasto-Shruti Mishra.

Sindhu, Sen, Srikanth and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Shetty were awarded direct entry into the squads for their world rankings inside Top-15

Priyanshu Rajawat, who claimed the top spot in the men's singles category, also made his way into the 10-men contingent for the Asian Games and Thomas Cup alongside Sen, Srikanth and Prannoy

The 32nd edition of Thomas Cup and 29th Uber Cup are scheduled in Bangkok from May 8-15

The 2022 Commonwealth Games and 2022 Asian Games will kickstart in Birmingham and Hangzhou respectively from July 28 and September 10.