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12-29-2012, 12:55 PM #239
Sports: Winners take all
How sportspersons outside the world of cricket are getting corporate help
Edition: Jan 6, 2013
Sanjiv Shankaran and Goutam Das
In September, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal signed with Rhiti Sports Management a Rs 40 crore endorsement deal that makes her one of India's top-earning sportspersons outside the wealthy world of cricket . The deal is significant not only for the Olympic bronze medallist but also for other non-cricketing athletes as it highlights their growing brand power.
...Olympians are not the only ones on sponsors' radar. One of the best-known faces in Indian sport who is neither a cricketer nor an Olympian is Viswanathan Anand. The five-time world chess champion's endorsements are managed by sports management company TNQ Sponsorships India. ...Eventually, it was computer-education provider NIIT, which chose Anand to endorse its brand.
...Monnet has a Rs 18 crore sponsorship deal with the Indian Boxing Federation from 2010 to 2017. "Monnet associated itself with boxing as it represents power, strength, agility and endurance, which syncs perfectly with our direct operations - steel, power and mining," says Sandeep Jajodia, Chairman and Managing Director.
...Latika Khaneja, Director at Collage Sports Management, feels getting endorsements is a matter of "capturing imagination." She cites the growing marketability of Nehwal as an example. "I don't think anyone cares about badminton, but she (Nehwal) is interesting."
...Prakash Padukone, former All England badminton champion and co-founder of Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ), displays cautious optimism. "There may not be a significant jump in sponsorships for Olympians, but it will be much easier to find support now than in the past," he says. ..."I see more optimism in Olympic sports. It has changed a lot since Saina (Nehwal) came up," says P.V. Sindhu, 17, handpicked by Padukone for OGQ as a future badminton champion. "I have a fan page on Facebook started by someone I don't know. I can sense a more positive mood around me."
12-29-2012, 01:02 PM #240
BAI has gotten it's act toegther - at least where it's website is concerned. The official website is revamped and actually offers some info, news, and content that is accessible and read-worthy!
12-30-2012, 11:28 AM #241
Badminton in India had never had it so good
It was the year which saw the Indians shuttle to glory, literally. Indian badminton never had it so good — Saina Nehwal won the London Olympics bronze, Parupalli Kashyap became the first ever Indian shuttler to enter the Olympics men’s quarterfinals, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu won the Asian Youth (under-19) title besides a couple of outstanding results in major events.
The world rankings of Sindhu (No. 19) and Kashyap (No. 14) are just another indicator of their growing stature.
At the start of 2012 the scene looked somewhat grim with Saina struggling to regain her form. Once she won the Swiss Open title the confidence was back and so was her game.
She soon won the Indonesian Open beating Liu Xuerui and the Thai Open getting the better of three-time World junior champion Ratchanok Inthanon. Just the kind of wins she was desperately looking for in the build-up to the London Games.
“With the huge load of that Olympic medal off my shoulder, I am more relaxed, confident and a better stroke-player now,” said Saina while stressing that 2012 was her best year by all means.
In the dock for skipping the Syed Modi GP, Saina insisted that she was not ready to aggravate her troublesome knee ahead of a hectic schedule.
For someone who is touted by national coach Pullela Gopi Chand as the next best bet after Saina, 17-year-old Sindhu threw enough hints of her remarkable rise winning the Asian Youth (under-19) title, and then shocking Olympic gold medallist Liu Xuerui in the China Open Super Series quarterfinals.
She also reached the Malaysian Open Super semifinals but had to miss the World juniors because of an injury. She capped off the year as a finalist in the Syed Modi GP which should augur well not only for her but also the sport.
In men’s section, the cynosure of all was the gifted Kashyap, who braves frequent bouts of asthma and opponents with equal ease. Semifinal appearances in the India Open Super Series and Indonesian Open Super Series before the London Games quarterfinals loss to World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei were proof that he meant business.
The Syed Modi GP title, his maiden GP title, was the icing on the cake of what has been a thoroughly memorable year for him.
However, the disappointment was the flamboyant women’s doubles pair of Gutta Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa, which faded away after its World championship bronze last year. With Jwala taking a long break after the Olympics, it was difficult for Ashwini to make an impact on the international stage.
Looking to the future, young guns like Guru Sai Dutt, winner of the Tata Open, and Pratul Joshi, who shocked former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat in the first round of the Syed Modi GP, are on the wings waiting to grab the big opportunities.
The future too looks good what with the $1 million Indian Badminton League also launched.
12-30-2012, 11:37 AM #242
Satisfying year for Indian Badminton: Gopi
It was a big year for Indian badminton as Saina Nehwal won a bronze medal at the London Olympics. Controversies apart, which cropped up late in the year, Pullela Gopichand has reasons to be satisfied as chief coach of the Indian team.
“Overall, it has been a satisfying year, with Saina’s bronze at London Olympics being the highlight. But having said that the performances of other players have also been good. (Parupalli) Kashyap did well.
“Young Sindhu was up in the twenties in world rankings. Gurusaidutt had some good performances. Sai Praneeth and K Srikanth too had some impressive performances,’’ said India’s chief coach while assessing India’s performances in 2012.
The whole of 2012 has been very good for her. We worked on her defence, attack and net play. We made a few changes which were important, particularly on the fitness and stroke play. We could finally achieve some excellent results like the back-to-back titles at the Thailand GP and Indonesian Open Super Series. Olympic bronze was the icing on the cake. She also won the Denmark Open Super Series title.
On the turning point and beating Chinese players:
The Indonesian Open Super Series was one of the big wins this year. It was a great confidence booster before the Olympics. Victories over the Chinese players (Wang Yihan, Li Xuerui, Wang Shixian) has made her a much stronger player. She is backed it up with excellent performances.
On targets for next year:
We will be targeting the All England and the World Championship next year. We hope she does well in these tournaments.
On Kashyap’s rise:
Reaching the quarterfinals in the Olympics was a fantastic performance for Kashyap. Winning the title at Lucknow has made him a more confident player. His victory over China’s Chen Long and reaching the semifinals of the Super Series showed his improvement as a player. It will be a challenging year for Kashyap. I expect him to break into top eight in 2013 if he continues with his good form.
On PV Sindhu
I’m happy with the way she has progressed. We will work on her strokes and defence. She has to work on consistency and I expect her to perform much better next year. It will be a build-up year for Sindhu.
On the progress of other Indian players:
If you look at the performances of Gurusaidutt, Sai Praneeth, Srikanth, we had some good results. We had two Indians in the semifinals in the Macau event. In the Tata Open semifinals we had four Indians. We need to build on that and players should work much harder in the new season.
12-30-2012, 01:27 PM #243
my review :
kashyap is improving much...
his style is also a joy to watch now...
next year, i expect him in break the top 10...
saina : no need to review...
she is good, has a very good chop, drop shot etc.
problem is her footwork and defense.
fortunately she has a long leg,so she can cover the court well although her footwork is not smooth.
sindhu will have problem facing a player who can move the shuttle well.
she is not patient enough too, in many rallies, she committed some unforced error
no worry, she is still young, it's so typical for young player.
gopi did well, and he can see the weakness on sindhu.
but i am afraid, too much hope for sindhu. let her rise step by step, she is only 17 yo.
for sai praneeth, i wont change my opinion,
i cant see him becoming a world beater. something is lacking.
he shoiuld have a killing weapon, but he doesnt. he can become a good top 20 or 30 someday though.
i hope he can prove me wrong
Last edited by fathonezic; 12-30-2012 at 01:31 PM.
12-30-2012, 02:34 PM #244
... but what's really worrying is that through all of this report-card business, there has been no mention about arguably the best MS player India has had in the past 10 years, and why he is not performing to potential, and why nothing has been really done to rectify that...
12-30-2012, 10:19 PM #245
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12-30-2012, 11:31 PM #247
There is a story behind this that apparently no one at BAI or Gopi's Academy or anywhere, want to talk about. The losers are Ajay, and India. The winners are most of the top players in the world.
12-31-2012, 09:57 AM #248
Badminton in 2012: The good, the bad and the ugly
Hyderabad: Much like a shuttlecock being smacked about on the court, Indian badminton had its share of good and bad moments in 2012.
From the high of a historic Olympic show by Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap to the low of chief national coach Pullela Gopichand being dragged into a row over selection matters by the Maharashtra-based Prajakta Sawant, the sport witnessed it all.
The good: From the beginning of the year, the nation expected Saina to carry the torch at the London Games in the women's singles and Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa were considered best bets in the women’s doubles event, but the real suspense hung around who could fill the men’s singles spot on the contingent. It was a toss-up between Ajay Jayaram and Kashyap and the former was gaining ground in a fiercely-fought race. But then came the India Open in New Delhi and by a stroke of luck, Jayaram fell by the wayside after losing in the second round to Lee ChongWei while Kashyap qualified after he made the semifinals.
The couple of months that followed saw some rousing performances from Saina and Kashyap. While Saina won the Indonesia Open Superseries and Thailand Open Grand Prix, Kashyap scored a brilliant win over then world no.3 Chen at Jakarta to establish his credentials as an Olympian.
What happened in London is now part of folklore.
Saina brought home India’s first ever Olympic bronze in badminton, while Kashyap became the first Indian male shuttler to enter the quarter-finals.
Kashyap later went on to win the prestigious Arjuna Award, his first-ever national championship and finally an international title, when he won the Syed Modi Memorial Grand Prix in Lucknow last week.
The Bad: The Cut throat nature of International came to the fore at the London Games. Eight women’s doubles players were disqualified from the Games for deliberately throwing their matches in order to secure favourable draws in the next round and seemingly caught in the crossfire were Jwala and Ashwini, who were knocked out after results of the other matches in their groups went the other way.
Their repeated appeals fell on deaf ears.
Earlier this month, Saina found herself amid a controversy after she pulled out of the first round of the Syed Modi GP in Lucknow, citing a knee strain. That it happened when she was on match point meant several eyebrows were raised.
Some even questioned her commitment in light of an ever-growing endorsement roster.
The ugly: Badminton has long been a battleground between the players and the establishment. The latest such incident involved Prajakta Sawant, who accused national coach Gopichand of “nepotism” and “mental harassment”.
She filed a case in the Bombay High Court, which in turn rapped Gopi on the knuckles, questioning his ethics as a coach for running his own academy.
12-31-2012, 10:18 AM #249
Wish him Good Luck.... in the new year...
12-31-2012, 10:25 AM #250
12-31-2012, 02:23 PM #251
Why so few countries in Modi International ?
Why is it that players from so many countries did not participate in this Modi International ?
Is it because of the amount of prize money ? - never mind the player rankings.
12-31-2012, 03:07 PM #252
12-31-2012, 07:48 PM #253
01-11-2013, 11:18 AM #254
Gopichand, BAI praise Indian shuttlers
National badminton coach Pulella Gopichand has praised the shuttlers, including Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap for their performance on the global stage which he said has given a fillip to the game in the country.
For the first time in the recent history of Indian badminton, as many as three Indians found themselves in the top-20 rankings in the world. London Olympics bronze medalist, Saina ended the year as the third-best women player in the world, while Kashyap, who is the first Indian man player to reach the quarter-finals of the Olympics this year, achieved a career-best world No.14.
Rising shuttler PV Sindhu, who enacted a giant-killing act in September when she beat 2012 Olympic gold medalist Li Xureui of China and reached the women's singles final in the Syed Modi India Grand Prix Gold, also finished the year at a career-best ranking of 19.
Gopichand said, "This year has witnessed a phenomenal improvement in Indian badminton. I'm confident of seeing more quality players emerge in the coming year."
BAI President Akhilesh Das Gupta also heaped praise on the shuttlers, saying, "I congratulate all Indian badminton players for the good show. Saina (Nehwal) is a shining example for Indian sports today. It's very heartening to see that our training system is reaping results.
"The future of Indian badminton looks extremely bright with players like Kashyap and Sindhu improving by leaps and bounds, and many other shuttlers emerging on the horizon."
The rise of Indian badminton also witnessed the launch of the path-breaking $1 million Indian Badminton League, which is scheduled to be held in June-July, with the best shuttlers of the world and India expected to participate. Ashish Chadha, CEO of Sporty Solutionz Pvt Ltd, which is is the Commercial Partner for planning and executing the IBL, said, "The Indian Badminton League will take the sport to the next level."
01-11-2013, 07:39 PM #255
After having such a good year last year, it's going to be a challenge to maintain the same rate of improvement.
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