INDIAN BADMINTON

  • I should have won more titles this year: Saina Nehwal December 14, 2014

    She clinched three individual titles and a couple of bronze medals at prestigious team events this season but far from satiated, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal feels she could have garnered more trophies had it not been for some missed opportunities. After enduring a difficult season in 2013, where she failed...
  • For Saina Nehwal, it is always about playing for India October 30, 2014

    In the wake of Sports Ministry's diktat of not to extend financial help to athletes who prefer professional commitment over representing India, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal on Thursday insisted her first priority would always be to play for the country. "I don't think anyone would not want to play for the...
  • India looking for specialist foreign doubles coach: BAI May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: India's performance at the Thomas and Uber Cup finals have once again laid bare the country's doubles woes and Badminton Association of India (BAI) has decided to address the recurring issue by hiring a specialist foreign doubles coach. Indian women made history by reaching the semifinals of the Uber...
  • Srikanth, Kashyap slide in badminton rankings April 24, 2014

    New Delhi: India's leading men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap dropped a place each in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. While Srikanth slipped to 17th, Kashyap slide to 20th. Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu, however, retained their eighth and 10th positions in the women's singles...
  • 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...
  • Top shuttlers could miss part of Indian Badminton League April 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Top shuttlers including Lee Chong Wei, Saina Nehwal or P.V. Sindhu could miss part of the Indian Badminton League (IBL) which is coinciding with the $600,000 Denmark Open Super Series Premier to be held in Odense. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced on Monday that the second edition...
  • 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...
  • Badminton couple Abhijeet-Trupti making waves February 25, 2014

    New Delhi: At an age when badminton players usually hang up their raquets, former national champion Trupti Murgunde has decided to prolong her career by forging an on-court partnership with husband Abhijeet Naimpally. Essentially singles players, Abhijeet, 39, and Trupti, 31, are venturing into doubles play. The two paired up for...
  • Hope to see many more SainaSindhu finals: Pullela Gopichand January 27, 2014

    Lucknow: Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand hopes his two most famous proteges Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and World Championship bronze medallist P V Sindhu play many more finals against each other like they did here at the India Grand Prix Gold. Gopichand, who was named for the...
  • Akhilesh Das Gupta unanimously reelected as BAI President January 20, 2014

    Lucknow: Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta was on Monday unanimously reelected for a fouryear term, starting June 2014, as he was the only one to have filed the nomination for the post. Secretary Vijai Sinha and treasurer Ashok Bajaj were also unanimously reelected in a clear...
  • Jwala Gutta to open badminton academy December 21, 2013

    New Delhi: India's top doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta is planning to open a badminton academy in her home town, Hyderabad. The 2010 Commonwealth Games women's doubles gold medallist has long been known to be unhappy with the way the sport is run in the country by the Badminton Association of India...
  • PV Sindhu: Badminton's newest star December 19, 2013

    A first ever singles bronze at the World Championship since Prakash Padukone catapulted her to the national consciousness. ...
  • HC directs BAI to accept shuttler's entry for national tourney December 18, 2013

    Mumbai: In a reprieve to shuttler Prajakta Sawant, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Badminton Association of India (BAI) to accept her entry for the upcoming national tournament to be held in Delhi. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice MS Sanklecha was hearing an application...
  • Disburse IBL dues of players, coaches: BAI December 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has given instructions for immediate disbursement of dues of players and coaches who represented certain franchisees during the Indian Badminton League (IBL). This follows media reports of nonpayment of dues. BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta directed IBL's commercial partner Sporty Solutionz to ensure...
  • Sports Ministry extending all assistance to Jwala: Jitendra Singh October 31, 2013

    New Delhi: Sports Minister Jitendra Singh has responded to his senior colleague in the government, Veerappa Moily's letter to him in connection with Jwala Gutta's ongoing impasse with the BAI, saying that he will examine her case and see how he can extend support to her. In response to Petroleum Minister...
  • I am surprised why Gopichand is quiet: Jwala Gutta October 25, 2013

    New Delhi: Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta Friday said she is surprised that India's chief badminton coach Pullela Gopichand is still silent on the proposed life ban on her by BAI for an alleged disciplinary breach. "I am really surprised why the chief coach is quiet. Why he has nothing to say?,"...
  • BAI did not send my entry for China Open: Jwala Gutta October 11, 2013

    Hyderabad: Embattled shuttler Jwala Gutta Friday said she might miss out of playing in next month's China Open as the Badminton Association of India (BAI) didn't send her entry for the Super Series Premier event by the stipulated October 8 deadline. The China Open is scheduled to be held from November...
  • Gutta meets Delhi Smashers, lawyers to fight against proposed ban October 8, 2013

    New Delhi: With the BAI mounting pressure on Jwala Gutta, the top doubles exponent Tuesday had a series of meetings with her IBL franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers and lawyers here to chalk out the next course of action in her fight against the recommended life ban. The Badminton Association of India...
  • BAI forms threemember 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 threemember 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...
  • BAI chief to write to Jwala after life ban recommendation October 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Badminton Association of India President Akhilesh Das Gupta will seek a response from Jwala Gutta following BAI disciplinary committee's recommendation of a life ban on the top Indian doubles shuttler for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga...
  • 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...
  • It will get tougher from now on: P V Sindhu September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: P V Sindhu knows life will only get tougher with rising expectations after her World Championship bronze medal but the young Indian shuttler says she is ready to put in the hard yards to reach the pinnacle of her sport one day. "I should not take it easy from...
  • Prakash Padukone heaps praise on Saina Nehwal September 11, 2013

    Former badminton champ Prakash Padukone said that Saina Nehwal is an inspiration to the upcoming youngsters and Indian badminton is on high at the moment. ...
  • IBL will help badminton grow: Saina Nehwal September 7, 2013

    Bangalore: Reiterating her decision to skip the Japan Open Super Series in Tokyo later this month, World No.4 Saina Nehwal said she needs more than two weeks of rest to recover after the hectic Indian Badminton League (IBL) that concluded on August 31. "Two weeks are not enough for my body...
  • 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,...
  • Jwala Gutta's IBL conduct to be investigated September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The Badminton Association of India's disciplinary committee will investigate doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta's conduct during the Indian Badminton League (IBL) when her side, the Krrish Delhi Smashers, threatened to abandon a tie in Bangalore Aug 25. The Delhi team, led by icon player Jwala, threatened to forfeit the tie...
  • 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...
  • IBL is a great thing to happen: Srikanth September 1, 2013

    Mumbai: The disappointment of finishing as runners-up notwithstanding, Awadhe Warriors' shuttler K Srikanth said he goes home a richer player from the inaugural Indian Badminton League after getting some valuable lessons of the game from seasoned international stars. "IBL is a great thing to happen. Badminton has been on the rise....