Posted on Sat Jan 30 2021
April 2021 becomes a happier and an important month for Indian Senior and Junior shuttlers. Two Senior Ranking tournaments in April. Senior, Junior, Olympic TOPS coaching camps will be recommenced from April.
The senior ranking tournaments will be started from April as Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to resume the senior ranking tournaments with the revamped structure.
"Safety remained their top-most priority and there will be no compromise on players' health while conducting these tournaments", BAI.
The decision was arrived from the BAI’s Executive Committee meeting on Saturday when the state association members were connected virtually from all parts of India.
Having lost almost a year due to the pandemic, BAI, after discussing with the state units, have decided to initiate the domestic circuit with two senior ranking tournaments starting in April to announce the resumption of the sport in the country.
“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 said.
BAI has decided to start all the national coaching camps for senior and juniors shuttlers, Junior Tops Scheme athletes who are potential prospects for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Game from April.
“It's 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 said.
BAI general secretary Ajay Singhania added players' safety remained their top-most priority and there will be no compromise on players' health while conducting these tournaments.
An another important point of discussion in the meeting is about the final international battle for the Tokyo Olympics, the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Super 500, which will be held in a dazzling atmosphere in the revamping Indira Gandhi Stadium during May.
Meanwhile during the recommencement of the tournaments, BAI has decided to start all the national coaching camps for senior and juniors shuttlers from April. The junior shuttlers, who are potential prospects for the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Game and are part of the Junior Tops Scheme, will be included as part of this camp. These coaching camps will be scheduled in the five BAI-SAI junior academies in Guwahati, Panchkula, Gopichand-SAI badminton Academy, PPBA-Bangalore and Babu Banarsi Das Badminton Academy in Lucknow.
The juniors’ training will be initiated, necessary coach’s selection will also be completed in the month of March and an advertisement for appointment of coaches can be expected shortly.
Finally, the pandemic wait was gone, April 2021 becomes an important month for Indian Senior and Junior shutters. Gear up athletes! It's sure that in the coming 60 to 90 days, more muscle will be worked out and more sweats.
Good News Guys!📢— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) January 30, 2021
BAI executive committee meeting held in Guwahati with state unit members joining in virtually decided today to resume the domestic tournaments from April 2021.
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