Daily Archives: September 28, 2015

BAI Recommends Ajay Jayaram For The TOP scheme

Ajay Jayaram
Ajay Jayaram.

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) is planning to recommend Ajay Jayaram’s name for the TOP scheme after his commendable performance that ended after his runner up position at the Finals at the Victor Korea Open 2015 which also has helped him to regain his place at the top-25 in the latest rankings issued by the Badminton World Federation earlier last week. .

It is worth to note that the 27-year-old lad had already reached the semifinals of Russian Open, Swiss Open and Malaysia Masters, all Grand Prix level tournaments earlier this year.

“It was a commendable performance by Jayaram. We have asked the technical committee to compile his profile and we are planning to recommend his name for TOP scheme,” BAI president Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta said.

Jayaram, who was left badminton for atleast six months after suffering a shoulder injury in January last year, will have a chance to qualify if he can come up with some sensational performances in the coming tournaments.

Other qualifier for the Rio Olympics are Saina Nehwal, P V Sindhu, Kashyap, Srikanth, RMV Gurusai Dutt, Prannoy where the first to be qualified in April this year. While, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa was also included in the scheme by the sports ministry. Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Atri, the Men’s Doubles pair ranked 19th in the world, have also been included in the scheme.

The qualification date for Rio Olympics is open till May 5, 2016.

Hislop College retain Inter-College Badminton title In Nagpur – Maharashtra

Hislop College

Hislop College came from behind and gave a brilliant fightback to Dr Ambedkar College, to win the title 3-1 in the Inter-College Badminton tournament for the third year in succession at the Nagpur University’s Subhedar Hall here on Sunday September 27th 2015.

Hislop College lost the first singles, however did not give up hope and fought back to register a win against the Ambedkar College.

Yash Khandelwal of Hisplo College lost to Akash Joshi 15-21, 21-17, 15-21 in a three game affair. However in the second singles, Gaurav Rege won against the left-hander Kushal Raut 21-13, 21-12 to avenge Yash Khandelwal’s defeat. In the doubles, Gaurav Rege and Pratik Bode pair from Hislop College won against the  Akash and Kushal pair 21-9, 21-11 to take a 2-1 lead in favour of Hislop College.

Finally, It was Pratik of Hislop College who ended the issue for Hislop with a straight-game victory over Surendra Tole 21-3, 21-10 in the third singles.

In the semifinals encounter, Hislop won against Ramdeobaba College of Engineering 3-0, while Ambedkar College won against the Ambedkar Management Studies College 3-2.

Shivaji Science College, CPS Win in DSO U-19 Inter-School Badminton, Nagpur – Maharashtra

Shivaji Science College        CPS logo
Shivaji Science Junior College.      Centre Point School.

Girls from Shivaji Science Junior College and Boys from Centre Point School, Katol Road, won in the DSO U-19 (NMC) Inter-School Badminton tournament at the Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur, on Monday 21 September 2015.

Shivaji Science College won against the Centre Point School 2-0, being a one-sided girls final. Radha Mundle helped Shivaji to have a good start, while the  pair of Mrunmayi Saoji and Pallavi Pitale easily won their doubles.

The boys final was an exciting affair. Shriniketan College’s Ameya Baheti provided a flying start by defeating Angad Matharu in three games. However, in the next two matches, it was the CPS boys who fought back valiently to clinch the title.

U-19 boys (semifinals): Centre Point School, Katol Road bt Shivaji Science College 2-0 (Angad Matharu bt Shubham Battewar 21-10, 21-0; Angad Matharu-Rishabh Buty bt Nikhil Sangtani-Parth Jaiswal 21-17, 21-15); Shriniketan College bt MR Umathe College 2-1 (Ameya Baheti bt Malhar Pathak 21-15, 21-10; Ameya Baheti-Sahil Raut lost to Malhar Pathak-Aditya Chopde 17-21, 17-21; Shubham Chaudhari bt Satyajeet Yerne 21-6, 21-8).

U-19 boys (final): CPS, KR bt Shriniketan College 2-1 (Angad Matharu lost to Ameya Baheti 21-20, 15-21, 13-21; Danesh Watchmaker-Risabh Buty bt Shubham Chaudhari-Sahul Raut 21-2, 21-7); Danesh Watchmaker bt Shubham Chaudhari 21-4, 21-2).

U-19 girls (semifinals): Shivaji Science Jr College bt Hislop College 2-0 (Mrunmayi Saoji bt Nayan Thakre 21-11, 21-15; Radha Mundle-Pallavi Pitale bt Nayan Thakre-Isha Chaudhari 21-12, 21-5); CPS, KR bt LAD College 2-1 (Niyati Paul lost to Mugdha Agre 2-21, 6-21; Kirandeep Kaur-Niharika Mukerji bt Mugdha Agre-Persis Ratanpari 21-10, 21-13; Kirandeep Kaur bt Aishwarya Verma 21-3, 21-2).

U-19 girls (final): Shivaji Science Junior College bt CPS, KR 2-0 (Radha Mundle bt Niyati Paul 21-10, 21-7; Mrunmayi Saoji-Pallavi Pitale bt Kirandeep Kaur-Niharika Mukerji 21-11, 21-5).

IBL Second Edition To Be Held in January 2016

The IBL Logo.
(Image Courtesy: www.deccanchronicle.com)

Badminton Association of India (BAI) has all set to conduct the much-awaited Indian Badminton League (IBL) tournament which is scheduled to be held in January next year.

Actually, the second edition were announced from September-October 2014 and then postponed to January-February 2015, now happening in January 2016.

“We want to go with one state one Team this time. Last time we had Mumbai and Pune from Maharashtra which is not advisable. So we are looking at Chennai as a venue this year,” Dr Das Gupta said.

BAI has also requested a Event management company, Evolution Sports to help them conduct the tournament.

Most of the top players are busy to seal their berths for the prestigious Rio Olympics, held next year, there are some concerns whether players will be interested to participate in the event before the Olympic Games. However, Mr. Das Gupta said that all top players of the world have shown lot of interest to play in IBL 2nd Edition and also “Most of the Indian players have confirmed their participation and also there is a lot of interest among the foreign players too. Talks are also on with these players individually and also with Asian federations like China,” he said.

Mr. Akilesh Das Guptha, President of BAI also quoted that, “We want to ensure that more money comes to Indian Badminton. So it will be more lucrative and much more interesting this year. We have asked the Technical Committee to come up with the exact policy, rules and regulation for the event.”

Unlike the first edition, badminton players will be auctioned with fresh contracts being issued by BAI. However, IBL 2nd Edition will also have new franchises with many Bollywood celebrities willing to join the IBL.