List of Indian medal winners in badminton at Asian Games
PV Sindhu is the only Indian to win a silver medal.
The Asian Games have served as a prestigious stage for badminton players in Asia since its debut as a demonstration sport in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games. It officially became a regular competitive sport in 1962, and its popularity has continued to grow. Looking ahead to the Asian Games 2023, scheduled from September 28 to October 7 (badminton) at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the sport’s rich historical journey within this competition.
The gold conquest is still on for India as India won a total of 10 medals including a silver, earned by PV Sindhu in 2018. Leroy D’sa is the only badminton player in the history of India to have won four medals and three in a single Asiad, 1982 New Delhi. The likes of Prakash Padukone and Syed Modi has also etched their names on the hard-earned medals in the past.
Badminton has witnessed remarkable achievements and memorable moments throughout its participation in the Asian Games. Here we delve into the list of players who has medalled in the prestigious event.
Medal winners from India in badminton at Asian Games
Men’s Team (1974, 1982, 1986)
It was in the 1974 Tehran Asian Games, where India got its first medal from Asiad in the men’s team event. The team consisted of big names like Prakash Padukone, Dinesh Khanna along with Partho Ganguli, Raman Ghosh and Davinder Ahuja.
In the 1982 New Delhi Asian Games, Syed Modi along with Leroy D’sa, Pradeep Gandhe, Partho Ganguli, Uday pawar and Vikram Singh, India won its second bronze medal in the event. In the following edition in Seoul, India again triumphed with a bronze medal with the likes of Prakash Padukone and Syed Modi spearheading the team with now coach, Vimal Kumar, Ravi Kunte, Uday Pawar, Sanat Mishra and Leroy D’sa.
PV Sindhu – Women’s Singles (2018)
Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu is the only Indian shuttler to have won silver in the muti nation event. She came closest to the title in the year 2018, where she had to face defeat, from the then World No. 1, Tai Tzu Ying from Chinese Taipei.
Prior in 2014 at her maiden as Sindhu clinched a bronze medal in the women’s team event.
Women’s Team (1982, 2014)
In 1982 New Delhi Games, the team of Vandana Chiplunkar, Ami Ghia, Madhumita Goswami, Amita Kulkarni, Hufrish Nariman and Kanwal Thakkar Singh clinched the first medal in the women’s section as they earned themselves a bronze.
In 2014 Incheon, the young team of Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Ashwini Ponappa, Sikki Reddy, PC Thulasi, Tanvi Lad and Pradnya Gadre won the bronze medal. The year turned out to be successful one as the team went on to win a bronze medal in the Uber Cup subsequently
Syed Modi – Men’s Singles (1982)
It was 1982, New Delhi Asiad when our first medal came in the singles department, won by Syed Modi. In the same event, he won bronze for team India in the men’s team discipline. He is one of the pioneers of Indian badminton along with Prakash Padukone. Both ruled Indian badminton in the 1980s and were part of several triumphs partnering together.
Leroy D’sa/ Pradeep Gandhe – Men’s Doubles (1982)
The only men’s doubles medal from the event was earned by the pair of Leroy D’sa and Pradeep Gandhe in the year 1982. D’sa is one of the first finest doubles player country has ever produced, and he dominated the Indian doubles internationally until late 80s. The same year he won bronze medal in the men’s team event as well as in the mixed doubles discipline.
Saina Nehwal – Women’s Singles (2018)
Former World No. 1, Saina Nehwal secured a bronze medal in women’s singles at the 2018 Asian Games after losing to the ultimate gold medalist, Tai Tzu Ying. She has also won a bronze in the women’s team event at 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Leroy D’sa/ Kanwal Thakkar Singh- Mixed Doubles (1982)
Leroy D’sa marking his third medal in the 1982 Asiads, won bronze in the mixed doubles event with Kanwal Thakkar Singh.
Men’s Team (2023)
The Indian men’s team comprising of Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Mithun Manjunath, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Dhruv Kapila, MR Arjun and Krishna Prasad clinched a historic silver medal in the men’s team event. They went down to China 2-3 in the gold medal match to settle for silver.
India came agonisingly close to winning its first ever gold medal in badminton at Asian Games after taking a 2-0 lead at the start of the gold medal match against the defending champions. However, even though it was not to be, the men’s team became only the second to win a badminton silver at the Asian Games after PV Sindhu in women’s singles in the 2018 edition in Jakarta. This was also the men’s team fourth medal at the continental showpiece and first since 1986 Seoul.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty – Men’s Doubles (2023)
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Korean pair of Choi Solgyu/ Kim Wonho in straight games to clinch the gold medal in men’s doubles encounter. The duo who were crowned doubles champions at the Asian Championships have now clinched the top spot and in the process have become the new WR-1 pair.