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All National Ranking Badminton tournaments till March 2022 to be considered as the selection event for trials

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi, 22 November: The Badminton Association of India (BAI)  on Monday announced that  all the age category domestic tournaments  to be played till  March 2022 will be considered as the selection event for trials.

Players participation in the upcoming senior and junior tournaments have been made mandatory and their performance will be considered ahead of the trials for the Senior and Junior National Coaching Camp; for participation in BWF International Tournaments and finalization of Tops Elite and Development Groups.

The domestic badminton season is starting with two All India senior Ranking tournaments in  Chennai and Hyderabad next month after almost 20 months gap due to the coronavirus pandemic, These tournaments will be followed by junior tournaments for U-15, U-17, and U-19 meets in Panchkula in January followed by the third senior ranking in Chhattisgarh in March.

“Because of the pandemic, domestic badminton could not take off for almost 20 months, and gauging performance of players based on National and International ranking alone doesn’t seem to be the best fit in the current circumstances,”  said BAI General Secretary Ajay Singhania,

“Our objective is to conduct transparent tournaments and trials and ensure a proper evaluation of players’ performance and their fitness levels are reviewed every six months, so that, fresh and deserving talents also get the opportunities to be part of the Camp as well as the TOPs list of players, ,” he added.

BAI would also create a reserve list of elite and junior players who can be prepared subsequently with an eye on creating bench strength as well as replacement to the main list of shuttlers if needed.

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