Nikhil Kanetkar, an olympian is a male Maharashtrian badminton player from Pune India who was born on May 13, 1979 is one of the few badminton sporting personalities India has produced in the 1990’s and early 2000, where some present badminton players would be unaware of. To his credit, has made India proud by participating and winning some International tournaments and was a former high ranked Indian national singles player for almost 5 to 8 years, his most likely witty and gruelling competitors being Chetan Anand, Gopichand, Rajiv bagga, Abin Shyam Gupta,Sachin Ratti and to name a few.
He had the necessary skills and temperament to outwit some international players during his sporting periods by specializing himself in the sport of badminton by acquring training from best coaches across the country.
A former National champion for many years from 1996 to 2006.
1998 – Commonwealth Games, Malaysia -Silver Medallist.
2002 – Welsh open, Cardiff – Runner Up.
2002 – French Open, Paris – Semi Finalist.
2004 – Summer Olympics – Pre-Quarter Finalist.
2006 – Indian International Badminton tournament – Finalist.
In 2011 he created NKBA (Nikhil Kanetkar badminton Academy), based out of the Balewadi Sports Complex. Pune, India.
As a coach:
Offical coach for Pune Pistons team @ the IBL 2013.
Saina Nehwal, second daughter of Harvir Singh and Usha Rani, was born in a Hindu Jat family at the University Hospital of the Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar.
Saina Nehwal is an Indian badminton player who is currently ranked No.1 in the world by Badminton World Federation Women’s Singles 2015.
She is the first Indian to win a bronze medal in Badminton at the Olympics.
She is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships.
She is the first Indian woman to win Silver at 2015 BWF World Championship.
Won many National tournaments and is the current reigning National Champion.
2003 – Czech Junior International – Winner.
2006 – World Junior Championships – Winner.
2006 – Asian Satellite Badminton tournament. – Winner (2 times).
2006 – Philippines Open – Winner.
2006 – Malaysia Open – Winner.
2006 – BWF World Junior Championships – Runner Up.
2008 – Commonwealth Youth Games – Winner.
2008 – World Junior Badminton Championships – Winner.
2008 – Olympic Games – Quarter Finalist.
2008 – Yonex Chinese Taipei Open – Winner.
2008 – world super series – semi Finalist.
2009 – BWF Super Series – Winner.
2009 – Indonesia Open – Winner.
2010 – Uber Cup finals – Quarter Finalist.
2010 – All-England Super Series – Semi Finalist.
2010 – Yonex Sunrise Badminton Asia Championships – Semi Finalist.
2010 – India Open Grand Prix Gold.
2010 – BWF Grand Prix Gold – Winner.
2010 – Singapore Open Super Series – Finalist.
2010 – BWF Super Series – Winner.
2010 – Indonesia Open super series – Winner.
2010 – 2010 BWF World Championships – Participation.
2010 – Commonwealth Games, New Delhi – Gold Medalist.
2010 – Hong Kong Super Series – Winner.
2011 – Swiss Open – Winner.
2012 – Swiss Open – Winner.
2012 – Thailand Open – Winner.
2012 – Indonesia Open – Winner.
2012 – Denmark Open – Winner.
2014 – India Open Grand Prix Gold – Winner.
2014 – Australian Open – Winner.
2014 – China Open – Winner.
2015 – India Open Grand Prix Gold – Winner.
2015 – India Open – Winner.
1. S. M. Arif. a Dronacharya Award winner.
2. Pullela Gopichand, till September 2014, former National and Internation Champion also a Dronacharya Award winner.
3. U. Vimal Kumar, former Indian badminton champion and national champion.
Saina Nehwal with the Hyderabad Hot shots team.
Saina Nehwal plays for Hyderabad Hotshots in the Indian Badminton League.
1. “The Most Promising Player” in 2008.
2. Arjuna Awardee.
3. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2009–2010).
4. Padma Shri (2010).
Economic Times reported earlier today that Indian Badminton League’s inaugural edition ended with the co-organisers Sporty Solutionz reporting 25 Crore loss! Here are some of the interesting facts and data listed in that article.
Tickets Sold, 1.2 Lakhs
Total Reach, 21.7 Million
Yearly Investment by each team, 5 to 8 Crores
Total Expenses, 85 Crores
Total Revenue, 60 Crores
Total Loss, 25 Crores
We took a closer look at the details and realized there were quite a few interesting points to note, but many of them without any clarity or transparency.
Add two more teams
Increase the sponsors
Host in bigger venues
Bullish but Selling 15% ??
Ashish Chadha, the CEO of Sporty Solutionz has stated that every one is excited about the success of IBL and is bullish about the future of IBL. At the same time he has also stated that he plans to sell 15% of his stake in IBL.He has also decided not to organize IBL next year.
IBL Article on Economic Times
These contradicting statements are confusing everyone. I guess the need of the hour is for Sporty Solutionz to increase the transparency of the league by making sure all the numbers are published officially on their website with details on the revenues and expenses.