Asian Games champion Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy’s bid for the fourth BWF title of the season failed as they lost to China’s world No. 1 pair of Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang in three games in the double's final at the China Masters badminton tournament in Shenzhen on Sunday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou on September 23, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
Earlier, the torch relay for the Asian Games began its concluding stage in Hangzhou on Wednesday morning, marking the commencement of the final countdown towards the much-anticipated inauguration of this grand event.
Scheduled to lift the curtain on September 23, the 19th Asian Games is poised to become the largest edition to date. It will feature 12,500 athletes hailing from 45 countries and regions, all vying for glory across 40 sports, 61 disciplines and 481 events.