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PSPB bag a double

New Delhi: Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) comfortably clinched a double in the 69th ATS Inter State-Inter Zonal badminton championship, here, on Thursday.

The defending champions never looked under pressure throughout the tournament at the Siri Fort Sports Complex and didn’t break much sweat during the men’s and women’s finals against Air India.

The men’s team — led by former national champion Sourabh Varma — dropped just one point in doubles as PSPB won 3-1 to lift the Rahimtoola Cup. The women’s team, on the other hand, bulldozed their opponents 2-0.

Varma began the march with a 21-13, 21-12 win over Anand Pawar and it was left to RMV Gurusaidutt to complete the formalities with a 21-19, 21-15 victory over Harsheel Dani.

The men’s doubles team, comprising Akshay Dewalkar and Sanyam Shukla, of Air India edged past K. Tarun and Pranaav Chopra 24-22, 21-15.

While PV Sindhu defeated national champion Sayali Gokhale 21-16, 21-17, Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta won against the pair of Saili Rane and Sanyogita Ghorpade 21-12, 21-12.

Meanwhile, following Bombay High Court's directive to include Prajakta Sawant in the mixed doubles competition, the Badminton Association of India revised its draws in the doubles category of the National Championships.

Sawant, along with Sanave Thomas, had recently won Bahrain International Challenge in November in the mixed doubles competition and her entry was sent along with the men's doubles player but it was not accepted in the draw list as Kerala Badminton (Shuttle) Association (KBSA) had withdrawn the entry of Sanave on his request.

“We have included Prajakta Sawant's name in the draw after the Bombay High Court ruling. Actually, Sanave Thomas had asked his state association to withdraw his entry,” BAI vice-president TPS Puri said.

Sawant will now play along with Kamaldeep Singh in the mixed doubles event, while Sanave will play in the men’s doubles competition which gets under way on Friday. (PTI)