Rajiv selected to represent Great Britain for badminton singles at Olympics
LONDON May 30: UK Malayalee Rajiv Ouseph from Hounslow has been selected to represent Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics for Badminton Singles. This will be a historic and proud moment for all Malayalee migrants to the United Kingdom. No other Malayalee or Indian has achieved such an accomplishment.
"The Olympics is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I'm honoured to be representing Team GB in my home city of London," Rajiv said. "Having grown up here it's even more exciting to be competing in front of a home crowd and knowing you have great support on the door step."
Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier will represent Great Britain in the badminton mixed doubles at London 2012. Their selection means there is no Olympics place for 2004 silver winners Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.
England's Rajiv Ouseph will represent Team GB in the men's singles and Scotland's Susan Egelstaff is picked in the women's singles.
Selection for Team GB was determined solely by players' positions in the world rankings.
England's Adcock and Scotland's Bankier have already tasted success in the Olympic venue, having won their 2011 World Championships silver at Wembley Arena.
Rajiv Ouseph is five-time English National Champion in men's singles and a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist. He learnt to play the game at his local club in Hounslow, close to the Olympic venue in Wembley.
He added: "The Olympics is a once in a lifetime experience and I'm honoured to be representing Team GB in my home city of London.
"Having grown up here, it's even more exciting to be competing in front of a home crowd and knowing you have great support on the door step."