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Khelo badminton: Barve a strong contender, young talent on

Press Trust of India  |  Pune 

Local girl along with national champion Aakarshi Kashyap will be the front-runners among a host junior shuttlers gunning for gold in the Under-21 women's section at Youth Games here.

Among the regular proven challengers to the throne will be (Maharashtra) and Gayatri Gopichand (Andhra Pradesh), daughter of Pullela Gopichand, a issued Wednesday said.

Poorva, amongst all, is older and experienced and is in her transition year having completed her run as an Under-19.

She rounded off the year-end BWF World rankings ranked No.9.

The other three Malvika and Gayatri are a little younger, but on-court all the four-share healthy competition.

In the U21 men's section, Under-19 No.1 Priyanshu Rajawat (Madhya Pradesh) leads the pack and has his task cut out with the presence of three of the top-5 ranked players in which include no.3 Abhyansh Singh (Uttar Pradesh), no.4 Satish Kumar K (Tamil Nadu) and no.5 Akash Jadhav (Delhi).

In the Under-17 section, all eyes will be on Atharva Aras in the boys section, who will lead Maharashtras challenge.

Likewise, in the girls' section, Gujarat's is a favourite.

The state challenge is led by Ananya Phalke, Prerana Alvekar and

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 18:45 IST