Kathmandu, August 25:
Shuttlers Balram Thapa, Pashupati Paneru and Sumina Shrestha are set to leave for the Los Angeles on Sunday to participate in the US Open Grand Prix slated for August 28 to September.
Apart from the singles, Thapa and Paneru will also team up in the menâ€™s double and Paneru and Shrestha will participate in the mixed doubles. Member of the Nepal Badminton Association Bishnu Shrestha is the manager of the team.
Thapa is three-time singles national champion. Thapa won in 2003, 2005 and recently on Tuesday while Paneru won in 2002. Sumina claimed the womenâ€™s singles crown in 2002 and 2003.
â€œRanking was taken into consideration while selecting the players,â€ said general secretary of the Nepal Badminton Association (NBA) Ramji Bahadur Shrestha. â€œSumina is the top rank in the womenâ€™s field while Thapa and Paneru hold the top two rank in menâ€™s field,â€ added Ramji. According to Ramji, the rankings are based on the playersâ€™ performance in four tournaments â€” National Tournament, Himalayan Badminton Championship, Krishna Mohan Memorial Badminton and Nepal Police Badminton Championship.
Member of the National Sports Council Laxman Shrestha bade farewell to the team here today.