Badminton | Six Indians in the top-10

Varun, Samiya jump places in BWF’s junior world rankings

January 15, 2021 11:05 pm | Updated 11:05 pm IST - New Delhi



Young shuttlers Varun Kapur and Samiya Imad Farooqui have attained career-best second spots in their respective categories in the latest BWF's junior world rankings, which features six Indians in the top-10.

Varun jumped four places among male singles players, while Samiya climbed six spots in the female category. Varun had a great run last year as he picked his sixth junior title, claiming the XII Portuguese International 2020 in November.

While 17-year-old Samiya, winner of the U-15 Asian Badminton Championship, has been one of the consistent performers in the junior circuit last year.

“It's great to see many junior shuttlers doing so well. We currently have 10 Indians in the top-20 and the juniors have shown a lot of promise," Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a release.

“This ranking will work as a desired boost for each of them and surely motivate them to work harder as it has been tough year for COVID-19 affected sporting world and badminton is trying to make a comeback after almost a year's break.”

BWF had frozen the world junior rankings as of March 17, 2020, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, with the recommencement of some international junior tournaments, BWF decided to add subsequent International junior tournament results to the world junior rankings without deducting points from previous weeks, thereby creating a rolling ranking until such time as the world junior rankings can be fully unfrozen.

While Varun is the only Indian in the top 10 among male shuttlers, the female singles category has three other Indian shuttlers — Tasnim Mir (4), Treesa Jolly (8) and Aditi Bhatt (10) — in the top-10 list.

In women’s doubles, Tressa (8), Tanisha Crasto (9) and Aditi (9) are among the Indians who are placed inside top-10. “BAI’s executive council meeting and AGM is scheduled for January 30 in Delhi. We will be finalising a detailed plan on how to conduct domestic tournaments as well as the key junior tournaments that BAI plans to send its players this year,” said BAI general-secretary Ajay Singhania. “We will also be discussing the future plans related to coaching and training for junior shuttlers.”

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