Asian Games bronze medallist HS Prannoy and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen emphasised the significance of the Super 750 status of the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2024 and how the additional points secured in the tournament will play a crucial role in the Paris Olympics qualification.
Elevated from the Super 500 to the Super 750 status last year, the Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2024, organised by the Badminton Association of India (BAI), is set to take place at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi from January 16-21, 2024.
“Over the last decade India has emerged as one of the powerhouses of the sport. Events like the Yonex-Sunrise India Open have had a key role in this phenomenon,”The Yonex-Sunrise India Open has long stood as a legacy tournament for Indian Badminton. Being a defining ground for milestone victories and career transformative moments resulting in dreams coming true, this championship has always played a strong platform and breeding ground for future champions. As we prepare to witness the biggest badminton show in India, the electrifying atmosphere and intense competition promise to make the event an unforgettable spectacle for fans from across the country who brave the weather to be there on all seven days,” remarked BAI General Secretary Sanjay Mishra.
Currently ranked 17th in the Race to Paris rankings, Sen who won the Yonex-Sunrise India Open in 2022, will commence his campaign against the emerging talent Priyanshu Rawat, with an eye on securing the coveted second spot.“Winning the Yonex-Sunrise India Open in 2022 has been a cornerstone in shaping my career, and I anticipate a similar influential role of the tournament in the context of Paris qualifications. Starting out against Priyanshu will be tough but I am optimistic about my chances of making a deep run in the tournament to make a stride in the rankings,” stated Lakshya Sen.
“Yonex-Sunrise has always been at the forefront of promoting badminton from the grassroot to the top most level in India and we are proud of the development and growth the sport has seen in the last decade. The Yonex-Sunrise India Open plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of badminton in the country, inspiring athletes and bringing the badminton fraternity together. Indian badminton players have been performing exceptionally at the global stage, bringing numerous laurels for the country which includes the historic Thomas Cup triumph as well as winning medals at the World Championships and other multi-nation events such as the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.
In women’s doubles, the pairs of Treesa Jolly-Gayatri Gopichand and Ashwini Ponnappa-Tanisha Crasto will be aiming to strengthen their position in the Race to Paris rankings.
The tournament will be broadcasted on Eurosports and JioCinema and badminton lovers can enjoy watching them in action on all six days for free as the BAI has decided to keep the entry for the tournament for free.