IOS Sports signs French Open Super 750 Silver Medallists Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
New Delhi, 30 October 2019: Expanding its elite roster of athletes, IOS Sports & Entertainment, India’s leading sports management group has signed India’s top ranked men’s double badminton pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to look after their endorsements and commercial interest.
Satwik and Chirag joins the likes of Boxing superstars MC Mary Kom and Vijender Singh, IAAF World U-20 Champion in 400 m and Asian Games 2018 Gold medallist
Hima Das, Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medallists Manika Batra, Mirabai Chanu, Asian Games 2018 Gold medallist Jinson Johnson and captains of Indian Men and Women’s Hockey Team, Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal respectively.
Indian pair Satwik and Chirag are emerging stars in the BWF men’s doubles circuit given their recent performances as they stunned 3 time world champions and current World No. 2 duo Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia in the men’s doubles quarterfinals of the BWF World Tour 750 French Open. They also went onto defeat World No. 6 pair Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan in the semi final and created history by becoming the first Indian men’s doubles pair to reach a World Tour 750 final. The Indian duo eventually finished the tournament with a silver medal as they went down fighting against World No 1 pair Kevin Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi of Indonesia in the final.
In August this year, they became first ever pair win the Thailand Open Super 500 by defeating former world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen. In 2018, the duo emerged as winners of Hyderabad Open Super 100 and also won Silver medal at the Commonwealth Games same year. The Indian pair has been consistently performing well at the international circuit as they have won 6 titles in BWF International Challenge/Series so far.
Currently ranked 9th in the World, the Indian pair is on course to qualify for Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics as the eligibility criteria is to be in the top 16 pairs of BWF World rankings. Indian fans are hopeful of an outstanding performance from the young lads.
On welcoming the top Indian men’s double pair to IOS family, Neerav Tomar, MD of the company said “We are excited to have Satwik and Chirag on board who are young and exciting prospects for Indian badminton. They have been performing consistently well at the international circuit from the last 2 years and we are hoping for an outstanding performance from the pair in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. They play with a fearless mindset and on their day, they can give any opponent a tough fight. We look forward to a successful association with them.”
Commenting on the new association, Andhra Pradesh born 19 year-old Satwik Rankireddy said “As athletes we don’t have a lot of time to handle our brand portfolios and other commercial commitments. Hence I am happy to be on board with a reputed and professional firm like IOS Sports who have a proven record and long term associations with other elite athletes of the country.”
The 22 year-old Mumbai boy Chirag Shetty said “After some good performances recently, I was looking for a good sports management firm to help me gain visibility and enhance my brand portfolio. I am looking forward to working with IOS.”