BANGALURU, Sept 30: The Senior tiol Badminton Championship will now boast of an unprecedented prize purse of Rs 10 million, a 10-fold increase from last year, announced Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, President of the Badminton Association of India. He also said that it will be mandatory for all the top ranked players to participate in the country’s top event. Ushering in a change in the format, Sarma said that those players who are in the World top-50, would get a direct entry into quarterfils. However it will be limited to a maximum of eight slots out of a total of 16.
BAI to initiate scholarship schemes for junior players
Sarma was talking to media persons after felicitating the Junior tiol Team, which is bound for Indonesia to take part in the World Junior Championship and Myanmar for the Asian Badminton Championship, by setting a precedent of handing over the Indian blazer, at the Kartaka Badminton Association (KBA), here on Friday. It also marked the conclusion of a 20-day preparatory camp under the supervision of the Junior tiol Coach Sanjay Mishra who will lead a 38-member strong team for the Asian Championship. KBA president BV Srinivas will accompany the team as the mager.
With a focus on building the future of Indian badminton, BAI will concentrate on honing the skills of the junior players. “Most of the times, good talented players drop out of the game due to fincial constraints. Hence to support such players, we will be providing a scholarship of Rs 25,000-50,000 per month for about 20 juniors to begin with, and take the number to 100 in a year,” said the President while urging the corporate sector to support the cause.