India has been drawn with top seeds and defending champions China, Thailand and hosts Finland for the upcoming Sudirman Cup badminton tournament, making it a tough Group A for the side to negotiate.

The prestigious World Mixed team championship is scheduled to be held in Vantaa, Finland from September 26 to October 3.

India and Finland have been seeded in the 9 to 16 bracket, while Thailand is placed in the 5-8 bracket in the 16-nation event. The Chinese team, which has won the title 11 times in the past, will have the opportunity to consolidate its position as it seeks a 12th title.

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The draw, held in Kuala Lumpur and broadcast online, saw second seeds Japan drawn with Malaysia, England and Egypt in Group D.

Japan was runner-up in 2019 and is seeking their first Sudirman Cup title.

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