Guyana’s Junior National Mixed Badminton team, which is currently participating in the Li Ning BWF World Juniors Mixed Team and Individual Badminton Championships in Markham, Canada ended with improved rankings.
The Mixed Team Championships came to an end for the Guyanese on Friday and saw the locals improving significantly in the overall world standings.
The Guyanese headed into the championships ranked 104 in the world but remarkably rose 72 places and are now ranked 32nd among the 175 playing countries.
The achievement, according to the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA), is quite a significant one which augers well for the team moving forward.
“This is a very good achievement for us, and we showed that we can stand up to the competition from the international players from around the world although our team is quite young.
“Countries that came in below Guyana [ranked between 33rd and 40th place] are New Zealand, Poland, Mongolia, Uganda, Australia, Macau China and Slovakia,” President of the Association, Gokarn Ramdhani explained.
Guyana is the only Caribbean Country participating in the championships. The higher world ranking points can assist in aiding Guyana’s qualification bid to the 2019 Pan Am Games in Peru which is a qualifier for the Olympics.
Outstanding performances came from Priyanna Ramdhani, who won the Girls Singles against Krisha Ghia 21-13, 21-13 of Kenya, while Tyrese Jeffrey and Akili Haynes won the boys doubles against their Kenyan counterparts 21-19, 21-16.
Other outstanding matches for the Guyanese players were in the girl’s matchup where Priyanna Ramdhani marginally lost to LEE Xin Yi Megan of Singapore 18-21.
She also went down to Raphaela Winkler of Austria 16-21, 13-21 and Megan De Beer of South Africa 22-24, 14-21.
Meanwhile, Tyrese Jeffrey in the boy’s singles against Kilian Meusburger of Austria lost 11-21. However, the results were enough to volt the Guyanese up the rankings.
The Guyanese players will now focus on the Li Ning BWF Individual Championships which is scheduled to begin today.