13 shuttlers leave for South Korea
Thirteen badminton players left Sri Lanka last night heading to Gimcheon, in South Korea for the Badminton Asia Youth Under 19 Championships 2012. The tournament is to begin on June 30 (Saturday) and will end on July 7.
On Tuesday evening the badminton players who were chosen to represent the country in the tournament were left confused as they were asked to participate in trials the day before their departure while, approval from the Ministry of Education had not been obtained.
However, it seems the matter has been sorted out, “We have got approval from the Ministry of Education and we will be getting approval from the Sports Ministry this evening,” Parakrama Basnayake, President of the SLBA said yesterday. He went on to state that seven girls and six boys will be representing Sri Lanka at the tournament. “The chances of Sri Lanka getting anywhere in the tour
nament are slim as they face the two best countries in the world, Korea and Thailand, in their group matches however, we do have a chance of beating Uzbekistan,” Basnayake stated.
By Natasha Fernandopulle