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  • Indian Badminton League to be re-scheduled due to busy international calendar April 21, 2014

    Taking into account the busy international schedule, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) is planning to hold the second edition of the Indian Badminton League early next year. The inaugural edition of the cash-rich tournament in August 2013 was a grand success with badminton lovers, the corporate world and even the...
  • Indian Badminton League to be held from September 30 to October 15 March 31, 2014

    New Delhi: The second edition of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) will be held from September 30 to October 15, the IBL Governing Council said on Monday. The governing council has decided to allow franchisees to increase the team strength from 11 in the first year to 13 players. Each franchisee...
  • Aditya Joshi becomes first Indian to be world No. 1 junior shuttler January 5, 2014

    After PV Sindhu's meteoric rise in 2013, when she became the first Indian female to win a singles medal at the World Championships, Indian badminton is witnessing another star in the making. Aditya Joshi from Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, became the first male junior badminton player from India to be ranked...
  • BAI forms three-member panel to look into Jwala Gutta case October 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Faced with criticism from former and current shuttlers for recommending disproportionate punishment on Jwala Gutta, the Badminton Association of India on Monday decided to appoint a three-member independent committee to further look into the matter. Asking the panel to submit a report within a month, the BAI said till...
  • Jwala Gutta may take legal action against BAI October 6, 2013

    Hyderabad: India's top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta may take a legal action against Badminton Association of India (BAI) for threatening to ban her for life over a row during the Indian Badminton League (IBL). Jwala's coach Syed Mohammad Arif said he has advised her to file a defamation suit against...
  • Life ban recommended on Jwala Gutta for IBL row October 5, 2013

    New Delhi: In a surprise decision, the Badminton Association of India's disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on top Indian doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the IBL. "The disciplinary committee has...
  • Indian Badminton League suffers Rs 25 cr loss in opening season September 7, 2013

    New Delhi: Sporty Solutionz will have to be large-hearted to return next year for Indian Badminton League season two after its inaugural edition incurred a loss of Rs 25 crore, The Economic Times reported on Friday. Saina Nehwal-led Hyderabad Hotshots beat Awadhe Warriors in the final to win the crown,...
  • After IBL, Saina gearing up for Super Series, CWG and Asiad September 5, 2013

    Hyderabad: After a splendid run in the Indian Badminton League (IBL), star shuttler Saina Nehwal is now hoping to do well in the upcoming Super Series events and next year's Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. "My focus will be on doing well in the Super Series. Next year, it is going...
  • I am sure IBL will catch up with IPL in coming years: Saina September 1, 2013

    Mumbai: Elated after an unbeaten run that helped Hyderabad Hotshots lift the inaugural Indian Badminton League trophy, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal said she expects the USD one million event to become as big as cricket's IPL in the coming years. "Nobody expected it would be so successful because everyone was comparing...
  • As it happened: Indian Badminton League final, Hyderabad vs Warriors August 31, 2013

    Follow all the action from the Indian Badminton League (IBL) final in Mumbai with IBN Sports' live blog. Hyderabad Hotshots and Awadhe Warriors have reached the final of the tournament with an identical 3-2 win-loss record in the league. Badminton buffs will get to see Saina Nehwal and Pusarla Venkata Sindhu clashing...
  • IBL: Saina beats Schenk as Hyderabad Hotshots go up 2-0 in semis August 28, 2013

    Hyderabad: Star shuttler Saina Nehwal survived some anxious moments before prevailing over Juliane Schenk in a tight contest as Hyderabad Hotshots took a 2-0 lead over Pune Pistons in their semifinal match in the inaugural Indian Badminton League here on Wednesday. Hyderabad icon player Saina won a tense decider after she...
  • IBL: Saina, Tanongsak give Hyderabad early edge against Banga Beats August 27, 2013

    Hyderabad: Egged on by the home crowd, a Saina Nehwal-inspired Hyderabad Hotshots consolidated their position by taking an early 2-0 lead in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) face-off against bottom-placed Banga Beats on Tuesday. Saina won her match 21-17, 14-21, 11-8 against Ying Tai Tzu, after Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk gave the...
  • Jwala upset with lewd comments from fans August 26, 2013

    Bangalore: Krrish Delhi Smashers icon player Jwala Gutta appeared visibly livid after she was peppered with some lewd comments from the fans during her tie against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton league at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium here late on Sunday night. The 29-year-old Jwala, partnering V. Diju, won...
  • Indian Badminton League: Smashers thrash Banga Beats 4-1 August 26, 2013

    Bangalore: The Jwala Gutta-led Krrish Delhi Smashers weakened the hopes of Banga Beats to reach the semi-finals after they defeated the hosts 4-1 in the inaugural Indian Badminton League on Sunday night. It will not be easy for the Beats when they cross swords with table-toppers Hyderabad Hotshots in Saina...
  • Indian Badminton League: Beats take on struggling Smashers in must-win tie August 24, 2013

    Bangalore: Hosts Banga Beats have a humongous task of winning their last two ties with big margins to remain in the semifinal hunt as they clash with laggards Krrish Delhi Smashers in their penultimate round tie of the Indian Badminton League (IBL), here on Sunday. Beats were rusty against Pune Pistons,...
  • Indian Badminton League: Mumbai look to bounce back against Awadhe August 23, 2013

    Bangalore: Mumbai Masters will look to put behind the disappointment of the defeat at the hands of Saina Nehwal-led Hyderabad Hotshots in their previous match and focus on staying in hunt for the semifinal berth when they cross swords with resilient Awadhe Warriors in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) here...
  • Awadhe Warriors beat Delhi Smashers, win first IBL tie August 23, 2013

    Pune: Awadhe Warriors won their first tie of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) in style by drubbing Krrish Delhi Smashers 4-1 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex here on Thursday. With the victory, the Lucknow-based team bagged five points (four with each match win and a bonus point) to jump...
  • IBL: Sindhu, Srikanth guide Awadhe Warriors to 2-1 lead August 22, 2013

    Pune: Rising shuttlers PV Sindhu K Srikanth won their respective singles matches as Awadhe Warriors lead 2-1 over Krrish Delhi Smashers in the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL). World number four Malaysian pair of Kien Keat Koo and Boon Hoeng Tan pulled one back in the men's doubles competition for...
  • Saina Nehwal guides Hyderabad to a 3-2 win over Mumbai Masters August 22, 2013

    Pune: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal shepherded the Hyderabad Hotshots to a comfortable 3-2 victory over Mumbai Masters in the inaugural Indian Badminton League at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi in western indian city of Pune on Thursday. Despite a thrilling victory by world number one Lee Chong Wei...
  • Hong Kong's Hu Yun equates IBL with World Championships August 22, 2013

    Bangalore: Banga Beats shuttler Hu Yun feels the level of competition in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) is similar to the prestigious World Championships. "I think there is very good competition here. It is a lot like the World Championship because the same set of players feature in these tournaments," said...
  • Jwala slams Saina for her comments on Hidayat August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Top Indian doubles player Jwala Gutta took a dig at Saina Nehwal for differing with Indonesian great Taufik Hidayat on the auction of players in the Indian Badminton League (IBL). Former Olympic and World Champion Hidayat was unhappy over the way the overseas players were bought at their...
  • Thai players to return from Indian Badminton League August 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Thai shuttlers participating in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) will return home for their national championships, an official said Wednesday. The three Thai players are Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Hyderabad Hotshots), Nichaon Jindapon (Krrish Delhi Smashers) and Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Awadhe Warriors). "The Thailand shuttlers are returning home to participate in their national...
  • IBL: Jwala nursing injury but hopes to play tomorrow August 21, 2013

    Mumbai: Krissh Delhi Smashers' icon player Jwala Gutta, who missed her team's Indian Badminton League tie against Mumbai Masters, is yet to recover from a shoulder injury but the ace doubles shuttler is hopeful of playing against Awadhe Warriors on Thursday. "My shoulder is much better than what it was in...
  • World No 1 Lee Chong Wei ready for IBL debut August 20, 2013

    With a fit-again Lee Chong Wei available to play, Mumbai Masters will have the edge when they take on Delhi Smashers in their Indian Badminton League clash. ...
  • Now Hidayat says IBL auction was not fair August 20, 2013

    Mumbai: Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat is the latest to criticise the auction process of the inaugural Indian Badminton League (IBL) and felt the foreign players were not treated in a fair manner as compared to their Indian counterparts. Hidayat was bought for a meager USD 15,000 (same base...
  • Happy to be in top-two: Parupalli Kashyap August 19, 2013

    Lucknow: Banga Beats icon player Parupalli Kashyap said here Monday that he is happy his team is in second place of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) standings. The Beats defeated the Awadhe Warriors 4-1 and bagged five points for the win. They are placed second with seven points, a point behind...
  • IBL: Saina comes from behind to down Schenk in thrilling encounter August 20, 2013

    Mumbai: Hyderabad Hotshots, spearheaded by Indian badminton icon Saina Nehwal, brought down the high flying, unbeaten Pune Pistons in impressive style with a comprehensive 4-1 victory in the Indian Badminton League at the NSCI courts here on Monday night. The thumping victory also powered the Hotshots to the top of the...
  • Indian Badminton League better than China League, says Lee Chong Wei August 19, 2013

    Mumbai: Lee Chong Wei is yet to hit his first shuttle in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) but the world number one has already proclaimed that the ongoing event is better than the prestigious and hugely competitive China League. "I have played twice in the China League. This is the first...
  • Taufik Hidayat says it's fifty-fifty against Pune August 18, 2013

    Mumbai: Former Olympic and World champion Taufik Hidayat on Sunday said all the teams in the Indian Badminton League are evenly matched and that he expects a good fight against Pune franchise. "It is (Pune) a good team in singles, mixed doubles and doubles. But we have a chance to win...
  • Get foreign coach for doubles' shuttlers: Dane Mogensen August 18, 2013

    New Delhi: If India is concerned about poor standard of its doubles badminton combinations at international level, it should seriously consider getting an overseas coach for them, says Olympic silver medallist Carsten Mogensen of Denmark who feels the ongoing Indian Badminton League (IBL) will be good for spreading the popularity...