Although the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has postponed its national season with a senior ranking tournament scheduled for Bengaluru from August 27 due to the Covid pandemic, dual city specialist Ritika Thaker is not disappointed and looking forward to going to Ukraine International, her first major tournament at Covid.
The tournament should be held from September 7th and for that the VISA formalities have been completed. In addition to the doubles event with her partner Thane Simran Singhi, Ritika will also compete in the mixed doubles with Gopichand Academy player Navneet Bokra. Earlier in 2019, she competed in Egypt International and came out on top. Since then, she has not participated in any major tournament.
This is not the first time that she has participated in the Ukraine International. Earlier in 2018, she competed in the doubles tournament but lost in the semi-finals. Apart from that, Ritika has also represented the Indian and Mauritius International Tournament and the Ivory Coast Tournament.
Speaking to Lokmat Times Ritika who trained at Sucheta Badminton Academy, Hyderabad said: “I am very looking forward to a major tournament after a hiatus of almost two years. trained hard with my doubles partner in Hyderabad Academy. “Ritika who was coached by Ajay Dayal said:” The last time we competed in the Ukraine international we lost in the semi-final. However, this time around we are aiming for the title as this is our first major tournament in the midst of Covid. hope for the best.
Ritika also says the competition will be tough if the local commuters are just as good. “We are going to face a tough challenge from the local commuters. They are just as good but we are confident enough to meet their challenge.”
Due to the Covid protocol, logistics and other formalities have become very difficult and that too for international tours. Speaking about this, Ritika said: “I have completed all the formalities for the Ukrainian Open and will be leaving in September. My visa papers are ready and I am fully vaccinated. Therefore, there is no no need for RTPCR test, ”she said.
Ritika misses match training but will do her best: Dayal
Ritika’s coach Ajay Dayal is convinced that although Ritika has missed match practices in the past year and a half, she will do her best in the Ukrainian tournament. “As sports activities were suspended in Maharashtra for a year and a half, Ritika missed match practice, but at the same time she really worked on her fitness. She spared no effort to keep herself busy. She is well prepared and me. I have no doubts that she will do her best in the tournament. “
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