Badminton Selections for Summer Universiade 2013

Players from universities, Moratuwa, Colombo, Japura, Wayamba, Ruhuna, and Sabragamuwa enthusiastically rallied at the selections for the World Universities badminton championships. The Badminton court at University of Moratuwa was occupied on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th of February 2013 filled with rackets and shuttlecocks.

A pool of 27 players for the men’s category and 15 from women’s were present on the first day of the selections. The players from men’s category were combined into 5 groups, and within the group they served each other. At the end of the day, two best players from each group were put through to the next level.
Similarly in the women’s category, the 15 players were pooled into three groups and faced off each other within the set. Six best players in total from all three were sent to next round.

Ten players from the Men’s and six from the women’s, who succeeded from day one, played round robin for the next two days. The cream of the university badminton arena, explicitly expressed their performance with clean scores. The ranking list was made based on their performance. This will be used to select the players for the team for the World University Games this year. As of now the first four from the men’s team and two from women’s are definite, the total may increase in the future.

 

The 27th Summer Universiade is to be hosted in Kazan, Russia from the 2nd to 17th of July 2013. The badminton matches will be held at the tennis academy and Kazan Federal University. The badminton criterion allows a maximum of 12 participants represent the country.

The matches will be held on the basis of individuals and teams, where team consists of two from each men and women. The singles, doubles and mixed events will be played with a total of 6 medal events. The games at the World championships will be adhering the standards of the FISU- Federation International du Sports Universitaire. 
Ranking list from the selection matches.

Men's 
1- A.M Akila upendra (UOM)
2- N.W.K Leelarathna (RUH)
3- N.K Jayasooriya (UOM)
4- K.G Lokugamage (SJP)
5- K.H Fernando (SJP)
6- S.A.W Bandara (COL)
7- P.D.D.I Gunathilaka (SAB)
8- P.S Rajapaksha (COL)
9- M Wijerathana (UOM)
10- N.W.K Leelarathna (UOW)

Women's
1- Sandaru Weerasinghe (UOM)
2- R.M.K Madushani (KEL)
3- S.G.M.R.L Wimalasekara (KEL)
4- E Bambarandage (PER)
5- U.N.M Perera (WAY)
6- Audarya Guruge (UOM)

 

“We played four matches per day for the ranking selection; it was tiring both physically and mentally.  I had to rally more than six matches in three sets, which was really tough as there was only a few straight wins.  But I’m happy to be a part of the team representing the country. ” – Akila Upendra – first in the men’s category.

“This is one of the remarkable trials in my badminton career; I won all 5 matches despite its difficulty, the players were the best from the badminton pool.  Madushani from UOK has been ranked no.1 for more than 2 years in the past, I’m happy to have broken her record.  Last time during the trials for World University games in Korea, I lost the match with the second best player from UOK but I'm glad to have overcome such misfortunes by my hard-work. ”  - Sandaru Weerasinghe – first in the women’s category.

By Jaanuvi Santhirasegaram

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