Expanding its elite roster of athletes, IOS Sports & Entertainment has signed India’s top ranked men’s double badminton pair Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.
A leading name in boxing promotions in India and key player in sports talent representation, IOA as part of the deal will look after the endorsements and commercial interest of the India doubles player that recently made headlines with an appearance in the finals of the BWF French Open Super 750 series.
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, IOS has stated in a Press release.
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.”