Bopanna will be representing India in the Davis Cup for the final time.
The Indian sports calendar is jam-packed with athletic events in the next week. The World Wrestling Championships 2023 are set to begin this week and will provide quota spots for the Paris Olympics. Saurabh Chaudhary has rejoined the Indian squad for the Shooting World Cup after a brief absence.
In this article, we look at the events to watch in Indian sports this week (September 11-17).
Ahead of the Asian Games, a number of high-profile athletes, including Amlan Borgohain, Kishore Kumar Jena, and the men’s 4x400m squad, have committed to compete. The competition will take place over two days in Chandigarh.
- 10-11 September: Indian Grand Prix V
Following the conclusion of the China Open, the BWF Hong Kong Open is set for the following week and will be the final BWF World Tour competition in the Asian leg. Last week, the Indian shuttlers performed poorly, with none of the players going to the second round.
However, this time around, a few prominent players have elected to skip the tour in order to focus on the Asian Games preparations. In the men’s singles, Lakshya Sen will be the top Indian seed.
- 12-17 September: Hong Kong Open
The Indian basketball team advanced to the FIBA U-16 Asian Championships after beating Sri Lanka in the SABA U-16 qualifiers. The young Cagers are in the same group as Australia, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka. In addition, the competition acts as a qualifier for the FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup 2024.
- FIBA U-16 Asian Championships, September 17-24
The Asia Cup group stages concluded with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh advancing to the Super Four stage. The teams will face off once in the Super Four, with the top two teams advancing to the grand championship.
30 August – 17 September: Asia Cup (ongoing)
The Indian U-23 men’s squad began their qualification campaign with a 1-2 loss against hosts China. With the departure of the Maldives, India will play their last league stage game against the UAE. The top two teams from each group, as well as four second-placed teams, go to the final event in Qatar.
- U-23 Asian Cup Qualifiers (ongoing): September 6-12
- AFC U-17 Women’s Championship 2024 Qualifiers, September 16-24
Saurabh Chaudhary, a Tokyo Olympian, is returning to represent India in the ISSF Pistol/Rifle World Cup. Following his exclusion from the World Championships, the teenager will be eager to play well and secure his position in the following competitions.
- ISSF Pistol/Rifle World Cup, September 12-19
On September 16 and 17, the Davis Cup World Group 2 will be held in Lucknow, India. The winner of India vs. Morocco will advance to the World Group Qualifying Stage I. After more than a decade of representing India, Rohan Bopanna will play his farewell match for the country.
- Davis Cup World Group 2: September 16-17
The World Wrestling Championships will award Olympic quota spots to competitors who finish on the podium. Following the withdrawal of numerous high-profile names, including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Ravi Dahiya, Antim Panghal and Aman Sherawat will be India’s best bets in the prestigious competition.
- World Wrestling Championships, September 16-24