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    Interesting... although this is a regional badminton league, its a start in the right direction.
    Hopefully the really heavyweight corporate sponsors will now climb aboard for a national league...

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    Default IPL-style badminton hopes to give the sport huge popularity

    Punnaiah Choudary, BAI joint secretary, says the idea for the format and structure has been borrowed from the IPL. “ Looking at how IPL managed to skyrocket the popularity of cricket, we thought it would be great if we can do something like that for badminton,” he says.

    However, with cricket being a team-based sport and badminton being an individual one, there are bound to be changes in the structure, according to Choudary. “ This will be a team-based tournament, and there will be no individual events. It will be quite similar in structure to the IPL.”

    Choudary also adds, “ We had initially thought of a national level, state-versusstate tournament, but then we realised most of the badminton players are from either Andhra Pradesh or Kerala like Saina Nehwal, P. Kashyap, Guru Saidutt, H. S. Prannoy, Jwala Gutta, Ashwini Ponnappa, to name a few. That is when we decided we would go for a franchise-based model. First, we will auction state-based franchises to private entities, and then hold a player auction. That will help create a level-playing field.”

    However, all discussions on this have come to a halt as the BAI has run into rough weather. If all had gone according to plan, we would have seen the first season of this tournament held this summer. The tournament will take any shape before 2012. One of the biggest selling points of the IPL has been the inclusion of overseas players. However, while Punnaiah Choudary admits they haven’t thought of that aspect yet, it is definitely a possibility.

    Bhaskar Babu, a senior coach at the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy says if this idea is properly worked out, then it will go a long way in advancing the interests of the players and the game. “ Players will stand to make some money, and it will open up doors to parents and children approaching the game as a viable career option,” he said.


    23 Mar 2011
    The Asian Age
    VIJAY ANAND THE ASIAN AGE

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    a move in the right direction ??
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    Default “All this thanks to Saina Nehwal”

    “All this thanks to Saina Nehwal”

    The Hindu
    Wed May 18, 2011 20:39 IST

    The new game
    May 18, 2011
    V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

    What is most discernible during a visit to any sports complex during this summer, is the huge demand for booking slots to play badminton. And it was no different at Vijayanagar Colony GHMC Sports Complex the other morning when the official in-charge Raj Kumar was struggling to satisfy the enthusiastic shuttlers. “All this thanks to Saina Nehwal,” he insists.

    As part of the efforts to accommodate aspiring players, GHMC took the services of national umpire and qualified NIS coach Ravi Anand Kumar to take up the task of coaching.

    “Even if we have another four indoor stadia in the vicinity, we may not be able to meet this demand,” says another GHMC Circle in-charge Prithviraj.

    Full story: http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-...service=mobile

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    Thumbs up All this thanks to Saina Nehwal

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    “All this thanks to Saina Nehwal”

    The Hindu
    Wed May 18, 2011 20:39 IST

    The new game
    May 18, 2011
    V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

    What is most discernible during a visit to any sports complex during this summer, is the huge demand for booking slots to play badminton. And it was no different at Vijayanagar Colony GHMC Sports Complex the other morning when the official in-charge Raj Kumar was struggling to satisfy the enthusiastic shuttlers. “All this thanks to Saina Nehwal,” he insists.

    As part of the efforts to accommodate aspiring players, GHMC took the services of national umpire and qualified NIS coach Ravi Anand Kumar to take up the task of coaching.

    “Even if we have another four indoor stadia in the vicinity, we may not be able to meet this demand,” says another GHMC Circle in-charge Prithviraj.

    Full story: http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-...service=mobile
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    It's great to see that Badminton is getting more and more popular in India (because of Saina Nehwal).
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    MALAYSIA: INDIA'S PRAKASH PADUKONE WINS MEN'S WORLD CUP BADMINTON FINAL.

    Story INTRODUCTION: India's badminton star Prakash Padukone scored a stunning win over Han Jian of China to become the inaugural champion at the First World Cup titles, held in Malaysia. The Indian had won through to the championship match at Kuala Lumpur's 'Stadium Negara' on Monday (12 October) with a revenge victory over another Chinese Chen Changjie who beat him two months ago in the Santa Clara World Games. We pick up play in the World Cup final as Prakash Padukone serves on the last point of the first game. SYNOPSIS: Prakash produced flawless badminton in the opening round. Han Jian could not match the Indian's deceptive forehand cross-court shots and the vicious net shots left Han without time to get into position for a good return. The Indian took the first game, 15-love. There was a remarkable comeback by the Chinese ace in the second game. He took an early 2-1 lead, but Prakash was soon back in command with a 7-3 lead. Han Jian then went on the offensive and it payed off as he levelled seven-all. From then on, it was as point-for-point game with both players equally determined to win. The partisan crowd constantly booed Prakash over the time he took to serve, but the heckling didn't bother the cool Indian, as he continued to attack his opponent's weak forehand. It was game and match at 18-16 when Han Jian returned a shot which hit the net.

    Story board from ITN source about 1981 World Cup.

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    I think it is worthwhile repeating my opinion on post #48 of this thread:

    My opinion:
    If the Indian squad want to make an impression on the world stage beyond Saina, then they will have to find the courage and the means to hire some top coaching talent and support staff from abroad. This is what the Indian cricket team has done consistently for the past ten years, and they are now the No. 1 Test cricket team in the world.
    and I might add to this: once you find a world class coach, let him do his job! Politicians and Association bigwigs often like to meddle in which player gets reassigned to which coach among other things, and this has happened often enough in the past to make a mockery of the idea of continuity and application. No country can build a world class team when there is no clear obective and principle, and no proper strategy and application of the same...

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    Default Sudirman Cup: Indian shuttlers lose to Chinese Taipei

    Sudirman Cup: Indian shuttlers lose to Chinese Taipei

    TNN | May 23, 2011, 03.19am IST

    HYDERABAD: The vulnerability of India in the team events was evident on Sunday as they lost their Sudirman Cup opener to Chinese Taipei 2-3 at Quingdao, China.

    Despite winning both the singles, India failed to match up against Taipei as they lost all their doubles games. The absence of mixed doubles specialist Valiyaveetil Diju was strongly felt as Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan came a cropper against Yu Chin Chien and Sheng Mu Lee 17-21, 10-21.

    Parupalli Kashyap made it 1-1 after he downed Hsuan Yi Hsueh 21-16, 21-13 in the men's singles. However, the joy was short lived as the men's doubles pair of Sanave Thomas and Rupesh Kumar folded up without a fight against Sheng Mu Lee and Chieh Min Fang 15-21, 18-21.

    Later, star shuttler Saina Nehwal rekindled India's hopes when she managed to scrape through in the women's singles with a 21-10, 12-21, 21-17 victory over Tzu Ying Tai.

    The World No. 4, looked in good touch when she took the first game at 21-10. But Tzu fought back to clinch the second rather easily 21-12, taking the tie into the decider. Both shuttlers gave their best with Tzu looking dangerous till the 15th point. At 15-15, Saina nudged ahead with a three-point burst and though Tzu reduced the lead to 18-17, the experienced Indian prevailed in the end.

    And when it was all left to the women, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa failed to take their team home as they lost to Wen Hsing Chen and Yu Chin Chien 15-21, 17-21.

    The golden girls of the Commonwealth Games were off colour on Sunday as they were left clueless in their 23-minute encounter, the shortest of all the five matches.

    India play Thailand in their second and last Group C encounter on Monday. As two teams from each of the four Groups make it to the quarters, India still have a chance of making it to the next round.

    Full story: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/s...ow/8520634.cms


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    And they surprisingly beat Thailand today. Though I really wonder this is a surprise at all. India is slowly becoming a powerhouse in badminton now with the emerging players consistently beating top players in the world.

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    Default Frustration is justified?

    Just finished reading a thought-provoking article on badminton in India.

    Shuttlers have little choice but to play a different game
    May 23, 2011
    Firstpost.com

    Two years ago at the senior nationals in Guwahati, a woman shuttler in her early 20s asked an official of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) who was passing by, “Should I start thinking about getting married, instead of playing badminton?”

    Dhanya Nair’s frustration was understandable. She had reached the singles semifinals and doubles final in the last edition of the nationals and was looking forward to make a mark in the domestic circuit to cement her place in the India team and get more international exposure.

    But just one senior-ranking tournament was held between the two nationals and the rustiness in her game and the frustration of a bad practice session triggered the outburst.

    The situation hasn’t changed since then. The domestic circuit is in shambles and the second-rung players begin every season unsure about the number of tournaments they will get to play.


    I would encourage anyone interested to read the full story:
    http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/shutt...ame-13819.html

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    Default "...one-step forward and several backward..."

    Is it a case of one-step forward and several backward for BAI?


    Read the full article here: http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/is-it...bai-17405.html

    Excerpts:

    "Verma had ruled the sport’s apex body for 14 years and though there were more positives than negatives to speak about during his tenure, the general consensus was that he had outlived his utility and there was a need for fresh ideas at the top to take the sport ahead.

    "More than Verma, the badminton fraternity was fed up with his ‘kitchen cabinet’ that ran the day-to-day show and his resignation was looked upon as an opportunity to make BAI a more professional organisation.

    "But the last three months have only created a feeling of disillusionment among those connected to the sport and I won’t be surprised if it becomes an apt case of ‘Out of frying pan and into the fire.’

    "In fact, the Executive Committee is still to accept Verma’s resignation, a pre-requisite to issue a circular for the election.

    "But then, names may change but the attitude of administrators will hardly be different. It is after all about grabbing power and not about the game."

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobalt View Post
    "But then, names may change but the attitude of administrators will hardly be different. It is after all about grabbing power and not about the game."
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    Hahaha... That's why some say that politics and sports do not mix well.

    It is really up to their Indian administrators to decide if Badminton is their first love, or not.
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    Jwala and her husband just got divorced.

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    That's fairly old news, George!

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    But i just found that video a few days ago! Just freshly uploaded

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    Arrow Hope for the best for Jwala Gutta

    Quote Originally Posted by george@chongwei View Post
    Jwala and her husband just got divorced.
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    Sad news alright. Hope for the best for Jwala Gutta.
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    Default Where did Rs 63 lakh go? BAI has no answer

    Where did Rs 63 lakh go? BAI has no answer
    Jul 19, 2011

    Full report: http://www.firstpost.com/blogs/where...wer-43786.html

    Excerpts:

    ...The three-year deal with Premier Brands was worth Rs 7.5 crore (approximately $1.55 million US :cobalt) with the company paying the BAI Rs 2.5 crore each to facilitate annual contract with top shuttlers in the country on the lines of the Indian cricket board. Out of the Rs 2.5 crore, about Rs 50 lakh was to be used to increase the prize money for domestic tournaments.

    The company promptly paid the BAI the first installment of Rs 63 lakh (approximately $1,40,000 US :cobalt) and all those associated with the sport were hoping that the partnership would lead to more “professionalism” in the running of the sport.

    But one and half years after the deal was struck, not a single BAI official can explain where Rs 63 lakh have disappeared. According to the details given by outgoing treasurer Rajinder Kalsi to the BAI AGM on 2 July, the association does not have any money in its coffers and he is unable to submit the account for the last two years since he hasn’t been provided with any bills of expenditure from the president’s office (VK Verma was the president of BAI during that period).

    ...With Verma in jail over alleged irregularities in awarding contracts in his capacity as the Director General of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, the BAI members can continue to put the entire blame on him but no one is bothered about the players.

    ...Right now, many players are struggling to raise enough funds to play more tournaments to improve their ranking which would ensure them entry in the Super Series or Grand Prix Gold events, which offer lucrative prize money and recognition.

    Instead, they spend considerable time trying to generate funds before every tour that not only hampers their preparation but also takes a toll on their pockets if they fail to raise the required amount.

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