Indian golf teams announced for the Asian Games

first_imgCountry’s top amateur golfer Rashid Khan was elated at making it to the Asian Games squad and envisages it as an opportunity to win a gold medal in Guangzhou, China in November.”I had been revelling in the dream of becoming a part of the Asian Games for the last two years. So I am feeling extremely happy to make the cut,” said the 19-year-old golfer in New Delhi on Tuesday.”But it is only half the journey finished and life will come a full circle for me when our team will hand the country a gold medal at the Games,” Rashid said at the sidelines of ceremony where the Indian Golf Union (IGU) announced the men’s and women’s team for the Asian Games, and other tournaments.India clinched a gold at the 2002 Asian Games while in the previous edition of the event, India finished with a silver medal.The other golfers who will accompany Rashid at the Games are Rahul Bajaj, Abhinav Lohan, Abhijeet Chaddha and Ashbeer Saini. The first three golfers will be the regular members of the team while Saini is a reserve.Amongs the girls, it is country’s top amateur golfer Vani Kapoor who will be the front runner of the team. She will be joined by Gurbani Singh and Shreya Ghei, with Shradhanjali Singh as the reserve player.The IGU on Tuesday also announced the men’s team for the biennial world amateur team championships – the Eisenhower Trophy scheduled to be held in Buenos Aires in Argentina from October 28.advertisementIGU president Ashit Luthra said that the selection process was very transparent and the Indian team will be a force to reckon with. “The biggest challenge for India will come from Korea and Japan. But our teams have the potential champions who would go on to make it big at the pro level as well,” Luthra said.FOUR ROUNDS IN GUANGZHOUThe men’s and women’s team will be off to Guangzhou, China, on September 23 to play the four practice rounds at the Dragon Lake Golf Club – the venue of the golf competition for the Asian Games.Rashid said that the practice will provide a good opportunity to have a feel of the course. “It’s great that we will get a chance to play four rounds at the golf venue for the Asian Games. It will help us know what type of the golf course it is. After coming back to India we can plan our game according to that” he said.last_img

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