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Saina Nehwal Pulls Out Of Syed Modi Citing Illness

Saina. (Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

LUCKNOW: The defending champion, Saina is still nursing for a foot injury and now a recurring fever, has pulled out of the women’s singles competition at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

“I have been carrying the illness for a couple of days and have not fully recovered. I need some time to recover and get back into shape,” Saina said in a letter to the organisers of the event, which begin with the qualifiers here on Tuesday.

Saina had earlier confirmed her participation last week, organised by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association under the auspices of Badminton Association of India (BAI)

Earlier, the World No. 2 Saina had hurt her achilles tendon during the China Open finals last year. She missed the Hong Kong Open but, took part in the BWF Super Series Masters at Dubai in December but has been struggling with her fitness ever since.
“She was unwell during the PBL semifinal match and has been suffering from bouts of recurrent viral fever ever since. So she is lacking in stamina and to play at the highest level, it is important to be at your best. So after consulting with her coach Vimal Kumar, she decided to skip the event,” Saina’s father Harvir Singh said.

The star Indian had played for Awadhe Warriors in the recently-concluded Premier badminton League, where she won two and lost one against China’s Han Li in the semifinal contest.

In 2012, Saina had conceded the first round match despite being on match point against Russian Ksenia Polikarpova after complaining of knee problems. It left the organisers disappointed as Saina was not keen on playing and had already booked her return tickets to Hyderabad.

With Saina withdrawing, P. V. Sindhu will head the Indian challenge and she has a bright chance of laying her hands on the trophy as she is brimming with confidence after winning the Malaysia Masters last week.

The 25-year-old, who was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award yesterday, is the best bet for India at the Rio Olympics and has to be at the top of her game to earn India another medal at the Games.

Among others who pulled out of the event, World No. 11 Tommy Sugiarto is the most prominent name. The withdrawl of the Indonesian, who had an unbeaten run at the PBL, handed an easy first round match to India’s Sourabh Verma, who will now take on compatriot Rahul Yadav Chittaboina.

In men’s singles, defending champion Parupalli Kashyap, who was supposed to face Spain’s Pablo Abian, will now meet qualifier Oscar Bansal in the opening round, while Siril Verma, the new world No. 1 among junior men, will face 11th seed Boonsak Ponsana in his opener.

The Olympic bronze medallist cited illness as the reason behind her last-minute withdrawal.

Saina To Take Part In Syed Modi Tourney

Saina. (Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

(Image Courtesy: timesofindia.indiatimes.com).

LUCKNOW: India’s top shuttlers, including defending champion Saina Nehwal, will be taking part in the prestigious Syed Modi International Championships to be held at the BBD, UP Badminton Academy from January 26 to 31 2016.

Saina has confirmed her participation for the championship organised by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association under the auspices of Badminton Association of India.

Chief Secretary, UP and President of UP Badminton Association Alok Ranjan while speaking at a press conference said badminton fans will get a chance to see world’s top players in action here.

“The presence of big stars in all the categories would be good enough to excite fans,” Ranjan, who is also the President, Organising Committee said.

Organising secretary Vijai Sinha said Indian star P.V. Sindhu, P Kashayp, K Srikant, Ajay Jayaram, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa and also foreign players like Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia), Mathias Boe (Denmark), Vladimir Ivanov (Russia) would be an added attraction.

“Saina & Sindhu’s presence would certainly make the field interesting for everyone,” said Vijai Sinha, who is also the Secretary General of Badminton Association of India.

The qualifying rounds will be played on January 26, whereas the main draw matches will take place from January 27.

The finals are to be played on January 31, he added.

Indian Shuttlers Can Win Two Medals In Rio Olympics: BAI Chief

NEW DELHI: With the governing body of the sport in the country, BAI is hopeful of winning at least two medals by the country’s shuttlers in the Olympic Games later this year probing into the profile of Indian badminton surging in recent years.

While commenting on the medals, Badminton Association of India president Akhilesh Das Gupta on Saturday said that the country can win at least two medals in Rio Games.

He said that a silver or a gold is not beyond the reach of Indian shuttlers.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

“India can win at least two medals in Rio Olympics. Our shuttlers are capable of doing that. Even the colour of the medal can be better (than the bronze won by Saina in London),” Das Gupta said.

Speaking about the PBL 2016, Akilesh commented, “PBL will benefit the Indian shuttlers as they are playing top players from all over the world and this is the view of the leading players of the world,” he added.

“Saina did not play in two matches as he was not fit. It is up to the player to decide whether he or she is fit, and to play or not. Nobody gave pressure to her to play,” Das Gupta said.

Saina did not play the opening match of the tournament on January 2 in Mumbai, citing injury. She played the two home matches for her team in Lucknow but did not take the court in both her team’s ties in Hyderabad.

BAI Unveiled Premier Badminton League 2016 Trophy

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India unveiled the trophy presented on Sunday to the winner of the Premier Badminton League 2016, the Delhi Acers!

For the first time, trophies will be presented to both the winner as well as the runner-up team. While the height of the winner’s trophy is 36″ (Gold Finish), the runner-up trophy will be 28″ (Silver Finish) and made of sterling silver.

The trophy is designed to stir up interest for badminton as it glorifies the shuttlecock which symbolises the sport. It celebrates and depicts the many facets of a sportsman and his journey from struggle to victory.

Speaking on the occasion, BAI President and PBL chairman Akhilesh Das Gupta said, “Presenting the trophy brings immense pleasure and it reflects the success of BAI’s endeavour to take the sport to the next level. The Trophy is indeed a very unique piece as it was crafted specially by Chief Designer of Ravissant, who are the best in hot enamelling.

“The Winning Team will feel proud to hold the magnificent trophy and will inspire the finalists tomorrow to compete for the beauties that the designers have created on our behalf.”

Speaking ahead of the summit clash tomorrow, H. S. Prannoy of Mumbai Rockets said, “Till now, the Star Sports PBL has been very competitive as all the teams have the best players but the final battle will tomorrow between two best teams of the League. The Trophy looks very exhilarating and its worth fighting for it.”

Delhi Acers’ Ajay Jayaram said, “It has been a awesome journey in the League and we played like a winner. Now we need to overcome the last hurdle tomorrow. Though we will have the home advantage but we can’t ignore the strengths of Mumbai Rockets, who defeated mighty Awadhe warriors yesterday. My whole team like the trophy as its very beautiful.”

The trophy is designed by the Chief Designer and exclusively handcrafted by Master Craftsman at Ravissant who is known for its exquisite and state of the art silverware across the world.

Supreme Court Shows Green Signal For IPBL

PBL.(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com, www.badmintonindia.org).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com, www.badmintonindia.org).

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Badminton Association of India to host the Premier Badminton League which is scheduled to start from January 2 2016.

With a sudden notice, The Meghalaya High Court issued a verdict for staying the IBPL tournament scheduled to be held from January 2 to January 17.

However, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) swung into action and approached the Supreme Court, which stayed the HC order and allowed the Association to hold the tournament as per the schedule.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the association, pleaded a bench of Justices M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan to stay the HC order. He said that HC had no jurisdiction to entertain the petition in staying the tournament.

The bench, however first postponed the hearing to be heard on Wednesday and after a brief hearing, stayed the HC order.

The IBPL 2016 will feature six franchises with several international players taking part in the competition.

Lack Of Depth In Women’s Group: Prakash Padukone

TATA OPEN 2015. (Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

(Image Courtesy: httpwww.orissadiary.com).

MUMBAI: “I am confident about the depth in men’s singles for the next ten years with so many talented youngsters ready to take over from the likes of P Kashyap once they retire. But the same cannot be said about the women’s singles,” said Prakash at the launch of the 8th edition of the USD 15,000 Tata Open India International Challenge here on Tuesday.

“Apart from Saina and Sindhu, there is none of international class at present. The same is true of the pairs events. A lot of work needs to be done in ladies singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles,” said the former All England champion.

“There is a lot of talent (among boys) in the smaller centres, which is a very good sign for the growth of the game. According to me, badminton has to be ranked in the top 3 sports in India based on popularity, standard and new courts. We are on the right track,” said Prakash.

“The Tata Open is growing bigger by the day. Next year I am told even Gopi (National coach Pullela Gopichand) is going to conduct a tournament (at this level) and then players will have the chance not to have to travel too much as our tournament will be followed by Gopi’s at Hyderabad and the one in Bangladesh,” he said.

Prakash said his academy (PPBA), which has completed twenty years of existence, has shifted its focus to the younger groups so that there’s no duplication with the Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad which caters to the seniors.

“I am glad that in the junior nationals the under 17 (Lakshya Sen, Arintap Dasgupta) and 19 (Chirag Sen, Ansal Yadav) winners and runners-up are from our academy though they are from different states. Maisnam Meiraba, the Manipur boy who won the U15 title, is also from our academy,” he said.

He, however, put the onus on verification of the correct age of players on the state associations and the Badminton Association of India, saying his academy is “only for training talented players.”

The Bengaluru based academy is conducting the Tata Open at the Cricket Club of India where 200 shuttlers from nine countries, including hosts India are participating. The finals are scheduled on December 13.

The countries that would be represented along with the hosts are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Uzbekistan.

A total of 144 Indians would take part and the hosts’ challenge in men’s and women’s events. Sameer Verma, world no 53 and Salil Rane, world no 52 are heading the tournament.

World no. 71 Anand Pawar is also to take part in men’s singles along with Malaysian world no. 85 Joo Ven Soong and Thai world no. 95 Khosit Phetpradab.

World no. 80 P. C. Thulasi, who won an earlier edition, is another leading Indian woman player who would be in action along with Malaysian world no. 30 Jing Yi Tee, the top seed, and world no. 39 Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand.

In men’s doubles, Thien How Hoon and Khim Wah Lim of Malaysia are the top seeds followed by the second seeded Indian pair of Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.

In women’s doubles, a Thai and Malaysian pairs are the top two seeds.

Malaysia will have 28 players in the draw, Singapore 12, Thailand 9 and Indonesia 8, while two players each from Uzbekistan, Lanka and Nepal and one from the Vietnam.

The main draw commences on December 10.

BAI To Gift Sindhu Rs.10 Lakh For 2015 Macau Open Win


NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Monday announced a cash award of Rs 10 lakh for P.V. Sindhu in recognition of her impressive Hat-Trick victory run at the Macau Open 2015.

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).

P.V. Sindhu.
(Image Courtesy: www.topnews.in).


P.V. Sindhu, currently ranked 12th in the world, beat World no. 6 Minatsu Mitani from Japan 21-9, 21-23, 21-14 in the final to retain her title for the third time in a row.




Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

“She has yet again made us proud because of her play and determination to prove herself on the International platform. We were confident that she will retain the title and she has stood up to our expectations from her as a player who has a bright future ahead. We at Badminton Association of India are proud of her and wish her to win more such tournaments in the future,” Akhilesh Das Gupta, President, BAI said.

29th Sub-Junior National Badminton Tournament 2015 Starts in Vizag

Opening Cermony file photo.

Opening Cermony file photo.
(Image Courtesy: www.kittu.com).

VISHAKAPATNAM: The 29th sub-junior national badminton championship 2015 commenced at Swarnanharati indoor stadium here today.

“Players from 28 states and seven Union Territories and 500 shuttlers are taking part in the five-day tournament,” said Badminton Association of India Secretary Ch Punnaiah Choudary.

He said the venues for the U-13 and U-15 boys and girls’ matches will be the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation’s Swarnabharati indoor stadium and Port indoor stadium.

The event was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao.

“The government recently announced the Sports Policy in which it had announced several welfare schemes for the sportspersons and also reward and prize for them,” the minister said.

Rao said that government’s aim was to convert the state into a sports hub by providing best infrastructure.

“Visakhaptnam will become a sports centre in AP as the city is having the best infrastructure for sports in form of indoor and outdoor stadia and also an international cricket stadium,” he said, adding that government has decided to construct a sports stadium on the lines of Gachibowli in Hyderabad and a sports complex with the help of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant.

Rao said former international badminton player Pullela Gopichand also willing and expecting to build a badminton academy in the city.

Delhi Badminton Association or Delhi Capital Badminton Assoication or Both?

There has been a lot of confusion in the recent past about Delhi Capital Badminton Association (DCBA) being recognized by Badminton Association of India.

August 2013:

This confusion has not yet been clarified and there is no clear communication on this topic.

Both DBA and DCBA have gone ahead with their selection tournaments and there is total confusion around this topic.

We hope to update you as soon as we have more details.

July 2013:

While there is already an association called Delhi Badminton Association, BAI announced on 11th May, 2013 that during the AGM on 27th April 2013, it was decided that BAI is adding Delhi Capital Badminton Association as a new member under its wing. It was also announced that DCBA will be organizing the Senior National Badminton Championships in December 2013.

As a part of this communication, BAI also gave the list of office bearers of DCBA.

This decision has led to the confusion and then the DBA filing a court case against BAI in the Delhi High Court which will come up for hearing on 11th July, 2013.

Meanwhile, Delhi Badminton Association had its official meeting under the leadership of former cricketer, Mohd. Azharuddin.

Mohd. Azharuddin presiding over DBA Meeting

Mohd. Azharuddin presiding over DBA Meeting

Stay tuned for more updates on this topic.