India: In a bid to promote the level of badminton at domestic level, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) decided to inaugurate the first edition of Indian Badminton League (IBL) in the first quarter of 2013.
BAI expects the participation of international players along with the local shuttlers in this league which is expected to be a productive step towards the improvement of badminton in India.
The Indian Badminton League is expected to grab attention of people just like the cricket event of Indian Premier League (IPL). Many franchises have shown interest in making this badminton league a success in India.
Main objective of this step is to create interest of local people for badminton and to make it one of the most popular sports in India that has a vast talent pool and Indian players have made their presence strongly felt to the world by showing impressive performances in the recent tournament.
A total number of 6-8 teams are expected to participate in Indian Badminton League and a huge number of players from all over the world are expected to put up a great show in front of local crowd.
BAI President, Akhilesh Das Gupta said that commercial partners have also been finalised to make it a successful event in the entire history of the country. He also expressed that BAI has entrusted the responsibility to Maharashtra to host the event.
Akhilesh also confirmed it that BAI is also in touch with Badminton World Federation (BWF) and seeks its cooperation which will enable many top shuttlers of the world to participate in this league.
The governing body of badminton in India also took another initiative and made it mandatory for all top local players to participate in national events with a view to promote the sport in all over the country.
To accomplish that task, BAI formed a three-member committee in which Maharashtra Badminton Association President Pradeep Gandhe, coach Pullela Gopichand and former player Vimal Kumar.
These members are responsible to ensure the participation of local players in national tournaments which will certainly raise the popularity of badminton in India.
For finding and grooming new talents, BAI intends to organise domestic tournaments in different regions of India with regular intervals which will provide opportunities for young shuttlers to prove their worth and get elevation by becoming professionals.
The commencement of Indian Badminton League will certainly boost the popularity of badminton across India and the local professional shuttlers will also learn different skills and experience by playing with the most decorated shuttlers from around the world.