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.