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Asian C’ships: Indians bite the dust

Chengdu (China): The Indian challenge at the Badminton Asia Championships fizzled out on Wednesday, with only the mixed doubles pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan remaining in the fray thanks to a walkover. Continue reading

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Badminton players attract whopping payoffs in IPL-style league

Pune: A mini badminton revolution was launched on Sunday in Pune – the birthplace of modern badminton. An IPL-style league finally took off, with the auction of 79 players – bringing some of them a windfall that they’d never have expected in their wildest dreams.
Doubles player Jishnu Sanyal attracted the maximum bid of a whopping Rs 81,000 –peanuts by cricket standards but huge money in badminton, for this involves matches over three weekends. Continue reading

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Pune pioneers IPL-style badminton league

Bangalore, Feb 4: After plenty of talk of replicating the IPL model in other sports, a taluk badminton association in Maharashtra has taken the initiative of organizing an inter-club league beginning in May this year. The Haveli Taluka Badminton Association, founded in 2008, has finalized a league based on the IPL model, and an auction date of February 20 has been set. Uday Sane, an international referee and Jt Secretary of the Pune District Badminton Association, is the man behind the initiative. The league will comprise of six teams based in Maharashtra, and will include only players hailing from the state. Continue reading

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Aditi Mutatkar fulfils dream

Rohtak (Haryana): Pune girl Aditi Mutatkar finally accomplished her long-sought dream, winning the women’s singles title at the National Badminton Championships in a tense final here on Monday.
Mutatkar, who has been in the shadows of her more illustrious compatriot Saina Nehwal and senior pro Trupti Murgunde, finally grabbed her opportunity, coming back from the brink of defeat to overcome Arundhati Pantwane of Maharashtra 19-21 23-21 21-15. Continue reading

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Arvind to take on Kashyap in final

Rohtak (Haryana): Bangalore boy Arvind Bhat and Hyderabad’s P Kashyap will face off for the men’s singles title at the National Badminton Championships here on Sunday. In semifinal action, 2008 champion Arvind Bhat overcame Saurabh Verma, who had in the quarterfinals upset reigning champion Chetan Anand, while Kashyap weathered a stiff challenge from city-mate Sai Praneeth, 18-21 21-14 21-19. Continue reading

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Tom John bids goodbye

Badminton’s been a lifelong journey for Tom John, the India-born Englishman who was coach at the Prakash Padukone Academy. The last 20 years have seen a constant shift in locale – from England to Portugal to Brunei to Hyderabad, and most recently, Bangalore. Having been here since March last year, it’s time for the journey to resume. John has landed an assignment as Portugal’s chief coach, and will leave next week Continue reading

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The alienation of sport

Pune: I’m at the World Juniors. The stadium, situated within a ‘sports city’, is stunning, apparently one of the best exclusive-badminton facilities in the world. As with all other such sport cities, this too is located on the outskirts of Pune city. Such sporting facilities have their problems — they are too far and too initmidating to attract the average man on the street. Continue reading

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