Satwiksairaj-Chirag pair pull out of the Badminton World Championships

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India’s top men’s doubles pairing of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy pulled out of the upcoming Badminton World Championships scheduled to begin from August 19 in Basel, Switzerland. The pair on Thursday pulled out of the prestigious event owing to injuries.

“Satwik’s shoulder injury which he suffered at Thailand Open didn’t heal as quickly as we expected, and I also had pulled up my abs during the semifinals, so we decided to skip the World Championship,” Chirag told PTI.

“We spoke to the coaches and physio and they said if we play then it can aggravate and we might miss out a month or two. So being the pre-olympic year, we decided not to take any risk.

“We will be playing the China Open and Korea Open in September.”

Last week, the duo had became the first men’s doubles pair from India to win a BWF Super 500 title after they won the Thailand Open. This saw them rise in the rankings and break into top 10.

The road to the title saw the Indians firstly beat Asian Games silver medallists Fazar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto before edging past former world champions Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol in the semifinals.

Fianlly they were crowned champions after they went on to beat reigning world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the final last Sunday.

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