The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Tuesday congratulated the seven Indian shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, who have made the cut for the Rio Olympics.
Eclipsing the previous high of five shuttlers taking part in the 2012 London Olympics, this year seven Indian shuttlers have made the cut for Rio.
The list includes two women’s singles players in Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu, one men's singles player in Kidambi Srikanth, the women’s doubles pairing of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, while Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy make up the men’s doubles team.
The shuttlers qualified on the basis of their rankings after the Badminton Asia Championships ended on Sunday. The cut-off date for achieving the required rankings is May 5.
SAI hailed the shuttlers for achieving Olympic qualification on its official Twitter handle.
7 shuttlers qualify for Rio:1 men singles,2 women singles, 1 pair Men doubles, 1 pair women doubles.Congratulations & Best wishes !!#SAI— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) May 3, 2016
India, however, missed out a second qualifier in the singles category as 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap is out of contention due to injury concerns. The only event where India won’t have an entry is in the mixed doubles.