South Asian Under-21 Regional Badminton Championships



Sri Lanka settle for second place in mixed team event

Sri Lanka settled for the second place of the mixed team event at the South Asian Under-21 Regional Badminton Championships which is currently taking place in Addu City, Maldives.

Sri Lanka lost to India 3-1 on Monday in the finals of the mixed team event .

Sri Lanka, who topped their group by convincingly overpowering all three of their opponents to stay unbeaten, met a strong Indian team in the final round.

In the finals, only Ranthushka Sasindu was able to clinch a win for Sri Lanka. He outplayed his Indian counterpart Sai Charan Koya 21-17, 21-17 in the men’s singles.

In the women’s singles, Hasara Chathumhari Wijayarathne went down to Mansi Singh 8-21, 17-21 before Sarath Dunna and Koya defeated Dumindu Abeywickrama and Sasindu in a tight contest that was stretched to three sets 17-21, 21-19, 21-17.

In the women’s doubles, Jananuwani Amanda and Hasini Nusaka lost to Deepshikha Singh and Mansi Singh 19-21, 22-24.

Earlier, in Group B, the Lankans beat Nepal 5-0, Maldives and Bangladesh 5-0.

India also reached the elimination round in a similar manner, beating both Pakistan and Bhutan 5-0 respectively in Group A.

Sri Lankan team is coached by Yukthi Rangana while Kanchana Wimalasuriya is the manager of the touring 13-member contingent. Tharanga Wimalasuriya is the lady chaperon.

All expenses of the tour are borne by Sri Lanka Badminton and the Sports Ministry.

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