Satwik-Chirag triumph a fillip for doubles in Olympic qualification year

New Delhi, Jun 19 (PTI) In their own words, the Thomas Cup triumph will remain their greatest accomplishment until an Olympic medal comes along. Then there is the prestigious Badminton Asia Championships win, which the crack duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will always cherish.

Needless to say, the World Championship bronze is also huge. But the pair’s historic success in the Indonesia Open is no less significant, as the “special achievement” highlights the incredible rise of doubles in Indian badminton and the march towards world domination, something the singles superstars such as PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth were tasked with in the not-too-distant-past.

Another thing to remember is that this is the Olympic qualification year.

The world number 6 duo on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a Super 1000 tournament title, just about a month after claiming the country’s first-ever gold in doubles at the Badminton Asia Championships.

“It is an important win at the world stage and the fact that it came in an Olympic qualification year means, they will get lots of points which will ease the pressure on them going into Paris,” India’s national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand told

Source: PTI News


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