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Andhra CM grants land for badminton academy to Kidambi Srikanth


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday felicitated badminton player Kidambi Srikanth who created history as the first Indian male shuttler to reach the finals of the World Championship. Apart from a cash award of Rs 7 lakh, Srikanth has also been allotted five acres of land at Tirupati to establish a badminton academy.

Srikanth, currently serving as a Deputy Collector in Andhra Pradesh, is the silver medal winner, at the BWF World Championships 2021 held in Spain from December 12 to 19.

Srikanth expressed happiness over meeting the chief minister, and said that he has been assured of all support in his endeavours.

Thanking the chief minister for granting five acres of land in Tirupati for setting up an academy, Kidambi said he would set up a world class badminton academy and train world class players.

Srikanth said that sportspersons are happy with the special care taken by the government and thanked the chief minister on their behalf.

Tourism minister Muttamsetti Srinivas, special chief Secretary G Saiprasad, SAAP Chairman Byreddy Siddarth Reddy, SAAP MD N Prabhakar Reddy, SAAP OSD Rama Krishna and Srikanth’s parents Radhamukunda and KVS Krishna were present on the occasion.

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AP, TS Governor Applaud Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, Prannoy


Ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy were praised by Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan, on their achievements. Narasimhan wished that they improve their world rankings further.

In the BWF rankings, Srikanth is ranked World No.2 and Prannoy is ranked No.11. The duo met the Governor at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad. Narasimhan told them that the whole nation is proud of their achievement, said a Raj Bhavan release. He wished Srikanth becomes world No. 1 shuttler. Kidambi Srikanth has won four Super Series titles this calendar year.

“The governor also said he wishes to see Prannoy, who won the US Open Grand Prix Gold title, to break into top 5 in the World Badminton rankings soon,” the release said.

Narasimhan, wished the two badminton players keep the country’s flag high by regularly winning tournaments.

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One up-manship in honouring ace shuttler


Kidambi Srikanth, another badminton ace from the Telugu region who scripted history recently by winning French Open super series, is being honoured by Andhra Pradesh. The AP government decided on Wednesday to reward him with a cash prize of Rs 2 crores, a plot of land admeasuring 1000 sq yards in the new capital city Amaravati and a government job – deputy collector. Considering the fact that he is the only Indian to have won four super series in one year, Srikanth richly deserves awards from Telugu governments and patronage from the Telugu people.

However, there is an element of scoring brownie points in AP making its announcement first. Srikanth is another international player groomed and trained by Pullela Gopichand at his Hyderabad badminton academy. When he returned on Tuesday morning, the reception was low key compared to PV Sindhu’s last year when she brought Olympic silver. Though none had complaining about it, the contrast was stark and it was noticed in the sports fraternity. AP seized the opportunity to bestow honours on him. It also announced Rs 30 lakhs for the two coaches, including Gopichand.

As more and more players from Telugu states, particularly Hyderabad, are hitting global headlines – the latest sensation being Srikanth — demands are rising that the governments of both states should allot more funds for sports and bring out the latent talent hidden in small towns and villages.

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Ruthless Srikanth whips Sakai to win Indonesian Open


Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was at his ruthless best as he defeated Japanese Sakai Kazumasa in straight games and clinch the men’s singles title at the Indonesian Open Superseries Premier here on Sunday.

Srikanth made short work of Sakai 21-11, 21-19 in the final which lasted barely 37 minutes at the Jakarta Convention Centre. The Indian pocketed $75,000 for the triumph.

Srikanth had stunned South Korean world No. 1 Son Wan Ho in the semi-final.

It was the 24-year-old Guntur player’s third Superseries title after the victories in the 2014 China Open and 2015 India Open. It was also Srikanth’s second successive and fourth Superseries final overall.

The first game between the two unseeded players was a cakewalk for Srikanth, who kept himself focused to fire in winners after winners.

With his smashes falling in place, he raced to an 8-5 lead and then built the lead at 19-9. The Japanese resisted for a couple of points before conceding the first game at 11-21.

The second game started in favour of the Japanese as he took an 11-6 lead at the mid-game breather. Srikanth seemed to have lost focus, leading to couple of misjudgements and mishits.

After the break, Srikanth, with his height giving him an added advantage, made a comeback to take a 14-13 advantage riding on his sizzling and powerful smashes.

But the 27-year-old Sakai didn’t flinch and two quick retrievals and sharp movements gave him a two-point lead at 17-15.

The game still failed to find a breather. Both the shuttlers alternately took the lead until the Indian converted the 19-19 equaliser. He then fired two cross-court high jump smashes to win the game 21-19 and clinch the championship.

Srikanth was the only Indian player who made it to the final, a day after compatriot H.S. Prannoy went down to Sakai in the semi-finals.

The non-seeded Prannoy had defeated the defending champion Lee Chong Wei and Rio Olympics champion Chen Long to get to the semi-finals.

“The results have made us very proud. I am also proud of Prannoy who can make it to the semi-finals. We will work harder to prepare our players in further international tournaments in the future,” Xinhua news agency quoted India’s Indonesian coach Mulyo Handoyo as saying.

The women’s singles final saw unseeded Sayaka Sato of Japan upset South Korean world No.5 Sung Ji-hyun 21-13, 17-21, 21-14 in an hour and 18 minutes.

China’s women’s doubles players Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan defeated South Korea Chang Ye na and Lee So he 21-19, 15-21, 21-10 in the final.

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