India lived upto the billing of being a favourite and walloped Nepal 3-0 to win the first ever South Asian Regional Badminton Tournament (team championship) here at the Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium on 05 December 2017.
India who came into the final without losing a single match continued their good run with Aryaman Tandon drawing the first blood in the boys’singles competition. Taking on the winner (mixed doubles) of Pakistan International Badminton Series Dipesh Dhami, Aryaman ranked third in India (under-19) was in his elements from the word go and picked up an easy 21-9, 21-15 victory to give the hosts an early initiative.
Indian junior badminton coach was ecstatic with the win: “It was a great performance by the squad and we are happy with the way they played. It was as easy as the results show. Nepal are a good team and I am really happy that the team executed the plans as had discussed.” The Indian juggernaut as she danced her way to a 21-9, 21-6 win over Rashila Maharjan in the girls’ singles event. Ashmita who has been picked up by the North Eastern Warriors for the upcoming edition of the Vodafone Premier Badminton League barely broke a sweat and registered a comprehensive victory to double India’s lead.