The Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Saturday introduced that the much-awaited home badminton motion is ready to start from April this 12 months. BAI has determined to renew the senior rating tournaments with the revamped construction. The choice was taken throughout BAI’s Executive Committee assembly on Saturday. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state unit members had been related just about from all elements of India. Having misplaced virtually a 12 months as a result of pandemic, BAI, after discussing with the state models, has determined to provoke the home circuit with two senior rating tournaments beginning in April to announce the resumption of the game within the nation.
“It’s has been a tough time for our players as well as all the stakeholders associated with the game who had to sit out for such a long time. However, the arrival of the vaccine has brought new hope and confidence, and after deliberating and evaluating the tournament execution plans and the safety protocols, I can say, we are confident of the resumption,” BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned in an official launch.
The revamped home construction guarantees to supply alternatives to budding shuttlers to showcase their skills. The senior rating event will now be categorized into three ranges, whereby stage three can have 6 sequence tournaments within the 12 months, whereas stage 2 can have 4 Super Series tournaments.
The Premier Super Series Tournament is bracketed as the extent 1 event, which can have two tournaments per 12 months. The tournaments will even see profitable prize cash with stage 1 being valued at Rs 25 lakhs. Levels 2 and three can have Rs 15 lakhs and Rs 10 lakh prize cash for the respective tier tournaments, whereas Rs 50 Lakhs would be the prize cash for the senior nationals championships.
“While our focus was on the resumption of the sport, we ensured players’ safety remained as our top-most priority. Though the situation is getting better gradually in the country, we will not compromise on players’ health while conducting these tournaments. The new tournament structure and revised prize money will not only encourage and bring positivity in the ecosystem, but we also hope this structure will ensure more exposure to potential and new talents in the country,” BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania mentioned.
Both the tournaments, which can provoke the restart of badminton within the nation, shall be a part of the extent three tournaments and shall be performed with a draw of 64 in singles and 32 in doubles, with hosts receiving 2 quotas in singles and 1 in doubles. There shall be no restrictions within the variety of qualification participation, although 32 entries from singles and 16 from doubles will progress by the qualifiers.
The assembly additionally noticed discussions in regards to the upcoming India Open, scheduled in May, which is among the prestigious tournaments within the badminton calendar and also will be the ultimate qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. To make the occasion a memorable one for gamers in addition to spectators, BAI has been establishing a blinding ambiance on the revamped Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Alongside the resumption of tournaments, BAI has additionally determined to recommence all of the nationwide camps, for senior and juniors shuttlers from April. The junior shuttlers, who’re potential prospects for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games, and are a part of the Junior Tops Scheme, shall be included as a part of this camp. These junior shuttlers shall be coaching within the 5 BAI-SAI junior academies in Guwahati, Panchkula, Gopichand-SAI badminton Academy, PPBA-Bangalore, and Babu Banarsi Das Badminton Academy in Lucknow. The juniors’ coaching shall be initiated in a phased method.
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