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Saina, Sindhu To Compete In 12th SAG

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

SHILLONG: World’s top-ranked players Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and a host of renowned shuttlers have been named to represent the country in the upcoming 12th SAG scheduled to be held here.

In a release by Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta, President BAI and Chairman GTCC, listed the players, which includes Saina, Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram.

The team championship for men and women will be held on league basis on February 6 and 7. The semifinals and the finals will be held on February 8.

The individual events, men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles will be held on February 9 and 10.

Eight men’s teams and seven women’s teams are participating in the team event.

The squad:
Mens singles: Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy, Ajay Jayaram.

Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, Ruthvika Shivani, P.C. Thulasi.

Men’s doubles: Manu Atri and Sumeeth Reddy, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar.

Women’s doubles: Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, Sikki Reddy and K Maneesha.

Coaches: Tan Kim Her, Vijaydeep Singh, Amrish Shinde, Ravikanth Singla.

Premier Badminton League Releases Its Official Anthem

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: Premier Badminton League today released its official Anthem on its Facebook page. The anthem is composed by Salim and Sulaiman togeother.

The theme is named “Halla Macha De” during the entire League and come out full-on to support their team. The musical anthem is all set to get the audience to hum the anthem and in the process look forward to the kick start of the much awaited action.

The main purpose of the anthem is to invite viewers from across the world to get hooked to the games and create the “Halla”.

The anthem has gone Live on its Facebook page and will soon be available on Youtube.

FM stations will soon sing the anthem on their stations further getting the fans excited.

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.(Image Courtesy: bollyspice.com).

Salim & Sulaiman Merchant.
(Image Courtesy: bollyspice.com).

The musical duo Salim Sulaiman will also perform the song LIVE on 2nd January 2016 at the official opening ceremony at National Sports Complex of India (NSCI) in Mumbai.




Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President BAI and PBL Chairman said “I am very happy the way the Anthem has been created by Salim and Sulaiman. It perfectly captures and strikes the emotions of the player as well as the fans feelings while the game is on. I am sure the song will make each Indian and each badminton lover to come forward and create the noise that the League right deserves”



Speaking on their association, Salim and Sulaiman said “We are happy to get associated with the League and the entire idea behind the song is to set off the players as well as the fans to ‘Halla Macha De’. We hope we will be successful in touching the chords of the fans across India and get them to sing to the tune of the Anthem”.

The Premier Badminton League will start on 2nd January 2016 between Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors.

The League will also be telecast LIVE on Star Sports.

BAI Welcomes Supreme Court’s Verdict on PBL

PBL Logo.(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

PBL Logo.
(Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Wednesday applauded the decision with the Supreme Court passing the High Court’s stay order on the Premier Badminton League

Mr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

Dr. Akilesh Das Gupta.

“Some vested interests were against the spirit of the game and they have been trying to create hurdles. The recent issue raised by them was totally baseless,” said BAI President & PBL Chairman Dr. Akhilesh Das Gupta.

“The Badminton Association of India (BAI) didn’t even know of any such details. We are grateful to the honourable Supreme Court, who has always supported the right and in this case also, it has favoured us by quashing the stay order.

“The Premier Badminton League is now clear of all obstacles and the Supreme Court’s order is big assurance to all the stakeholders, including franchisees, players, coaches and sponsors.”

The Meghalaya High Court had stayed the tournament based on a petition filed by Soubhagaya Media Private Limited who challenged the validity of the franchisee meet held in New Delhi on December 6.

The BAI soon sprang into action and approached the Supreme Court to seek immediate stay on the HC order and allow it to hold the tournament.

The PBL will start on 2nd January in Mumbai. This league will bring together India’s top badminton players along with international players on the same platform. The final will be hosted in Delhi on January 17.

IBL 2nd Edition Marketing Partner Is Sportzlive

The Indian Badminton League Logo.

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Sep 30 2015, announced the appointment of Sportzlive as its official marketing and sponsorship partner for the second season of the much-anticipated Indian Badminton League (IBL) scheduled to held from January 2 to 17 next year.

With just three months away from the IBL 2nd edition taking shape, Sportzlive has enough time to approach corporates, brands and business owners for various available sponsorships and franchisee slots in the League.

Akilesh Das GuptaAnnouncing the appointment, Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President, BAI said: “As we move towards launching IBL season 2, we are enlisting the support of professionals to help us make the league a success. Sportzlive with its experience of sports management and marketing will help us achieve our objectives. We believe IBL is poised to become a prime property in the Indian broadcasting and digital space.”

The player auctions is scheduled to take place on 20th of November, 2015 with six franchisee teams across India who will have with them the very best Indian and International Badminton players.

Atul-Pandy1Speaking on the occasion, Atul Pande, Chairman, Sportzlive, said: “We at Sportzlive are privileged to partner with BAI and IBL. We believe the property has great potential to become one of the flag bearers in the Television arena.

He also quoted, “Badminton is second most monetised product in India in terms of product sales and there is no reason why it can’t be big on TV. Under Dr Dasgupta’s able leadership, Indian badminton players are now amongst the best in the world, and that should also translate to better viewing and higher revenues for the federation.”