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India get decent draw in Thomas and Uber Cup

NEW DELHI: Indian badminton teams were on Wednesday handed comfortable draws in the rescheduled Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, slated to be held between October 9 and 17 at Aarhus, Denmark. The Indian men’s team has been clubbed alongside defending champions China and minnows Netherlands and Tahiti in Group C, while the women’s side will be challenged by last edition runners-up Thailand, Spain and Scotland in Group B.

The draw ceremony was held by the game’s governing body BWF at Kuala Lumpur.

The top two teams in each group at the end of the group stage will make it to the knock-out round.

The Indian men’s and women’s teams had failed to reach the knockout stage in the last edition in 2018.

The Indian women’s team had lost to champion China in the semifinal stage in the 2016 edition of Uber Cup. They also reached the semifinal in the 2014 New Delhi edition.

Hosts Denmark, who had claimed the Thomas Cup trophy in 2016, were put in a challenging Group B with Korea, France and Germany.

“I am going to Tokyo with an open mind and like PM Modi mentioned today that we must play without any pressure, so I want to give my best. Destiny has always been kind to me, if I give my best the result will be positive,” he added.

The Noida DM isn’t thinking about the results and is only focused on taking one step at a time as he gears up for the Games.

“I am ranked three in the world in my category but every match is a new match, every point is a new point, so I am taking one step at a time and not thinking too much about what will be the result,” said Suhas.

“When I was studying, I never thought of becoming IAS or district collector, so it’s an honor for me to represent India. So my advice to young people is ‘you should go after what you want. You shouldn’t shy away from trying’,” he added.

“When I was studying, I never thought of becoming IAS or district collector, so it’s an honor for me to represent India. So my advice to young people is ‘you should go after what you want. You shouldn’t shy away from trying’,” he added.

This time a record number of 54 para-athletes in 9 different divisions are participating in the Tokyo2020 Paralympic Games. Thangavelu Mariyappan, Rio 2016 Gold Medal winner, will be the flag bearer of India while Gursharan Singh shall be the Chef de Mission of the Indian team.

 

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