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Indian Badminton League names U-19 players for franchises

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Published: 02 August 2013
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The Indian Badminton League (IBL) Friday named five of the six Under-19 promising players for its franchises.

According to IBL rules, each franchisee must include one promising India Under-19 shuttler in addition to those bought at the auction. The players were chosen by each franchisee from their respective catchment area.

The following is the list of the players: Harsheel Dani (Mumbai Masters), Utkarsh Arora (Delhi Smashers), Revathi Devasthale (Pune Pistons), C Rahul Yadav (Hyderabad Hotshots), Daniel Farid (Banga Beats).

The sixth franchisee, Awadhe Warriors, is in the process of finalising the young player and the name will be announced shortly.

The $1 million IBL will be held August 14-31.

 
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Coming to India now?: London Olympic medallist back in IBL contention (pic)

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Published: 02 August 2013
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33-year-old Mathias Boe, who had vowed never to play in India after he went unsold in the players' auction, is now eligible to replace Awadhe Warriors Maneepong Jongjit.

New Delhi:  Change of rules and reduction of base prices seem to have become a norm for the Indian Badminton League (IBL) as the base price of London Olympics silver medallist Mathias Boe was reduced to incorporate him as a replacement player in the Aug 14-31 tourney.

The 33-year-old Dane, who had vowed never to play in India after he went unsold in the players' auction, is now eligible to replace Awadhe Warriors Maneepong Jongjit. The Thai was suspended for three months by the Badminton Association of Thailand for an on-court brawl with compatriot Bodin Issara in Canada.33-year-old Mathias Boe, who had vowed never to play in India after he went unsold in the players' auction, is now eligible to replace Awadhe Warriors Maneepong Jongjit.

The IBL organisers have informed the teams that Boe has asked them to halve his base price to $25,000 and is now up for grabs.

"We got a letter from the organisers that Mathias Boe's base price has been reduced from $50,000 to $25,000," a team source told IANS on Friday.

"The mail mentioned that a new rule has been introduced by which unsold players can reduce their base price to be eligible as a replacement player. It will be subject to the clearance of the IBL governing council," the source added.

A top official in the Badminton Association of India (BAI) told IANS that Boe is available as a replacement player.

"Boe wanted to play in the IBL and after negotiations with the organisers he agreed to reduce his base price," the BAI source told IANS.

 

Going BCCI way? Media gag on Indian Badminton League contracted players, officials

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Published: 01 August 2013
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Controversy erupted after Jwala Gutta and her former doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, bronze medalists in the 2011 World Championship and title winners in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lashed out at the Indian Badminton League after their base price was slashed to half just before the start of the auction.

Stung by the stringent criticism from some shuttlers over the way player auctions for the upcoming Indian Badminton League were conducted recently, the Badminton Association of India and the league's organisers have barred players from talking to the media.

"It has been decided that only BAI president (Akhilesh Das Gupta) and Ashish Chada (CEO of the league's commercial partner Sporty Solutionz) will issue statements. Clauses have been inserted into the contracts for officials and players," a top source told PTI on Wednesday.

Controversy erupted after Jwala Gutta and her former doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, bronze medalists in the 2011 World Championship and title winners in the 2010 Commonwealth Games, lashed out at the IBL after their base price was slashed to half just before the start of the auction.

 

India to field strongest contingent at badminton worlds

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Published: 01 August 2013
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Led by London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, India will be fielding its strongest ever squad at the 2013 BWF World Championship to be played in Gungzhou, China from August 5-11.

India will be fielding its strongest ever squad at the World Badminton Championships in Guangzhou Aug 5-11 with an aim to bring home at least one medal.

Women’s doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa had ended India’s 28-year-old medal drought at the world meet by winning the bronze in 2011. They will not be seen in action as a pair in China, all eyes will be on World No.3 Saina Nehwal to record her maiden podium finish in the championships.

“Saina is obviously our best bet at the World Championship. This will be the first time that India would have two representatives in each of the five categories and that is proof of how well our players are performing at the international circuit," said Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta.

 

Arif seeking greater heights after sponsorship deal with Fleet (pic)

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Published: 31 July 2013
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 KUALA LUMPUR: Independent men’s singles shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif signed a sponsorship deal with badminton equipment company Fleet yesterday and is ready to show the world that he can be fleet of foot as well.

 
The world No. 32 and country’s fourth ranked shuttler, who left the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) last month in a bid to rejuvenate his flagging career, said the sponsorship deal has motivated him to qualify for his first World Championships after missing this year’s by the skin of his teeth. 
 
The 23-year-old Arif is ranked behind Lee Chong Wei, Chong Wei Feng and Liew Daren. Mohd Arif Abdul Latif (left) during the sponsorship signing ceremony with badminton equipment company Fleet on Wednesday.
 
He’s also the first reserve for the world meet in Guangzhou from Aug 5-11. But luck is not on his side as no player has withdrawn.
 
“This is a fresh start for me. There was intense pressure on me in the national team (under BAM) and I could not perform. Now, I’m highly motivated to achieve several firsts in my career,” Arif said after inking the sponsorship deal with Fleet yesterday. 
 

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