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BAI announces resumption of domestic tournament calendar from April 2021

In an executive meeting of the BAI held in Guwahati last week, with state unit members participating virtually, it was decided to resume domestic tournament calendar from April 2021.

This is great news for Indian badminton as even the international calendar has now safely resumed. Sport is slowly gaining momentum in the resumption of activity and competition in the new normal.

“It’s has been a tough time for our players as well as all the stakeholders associated with the game who had to sit out for such a long time. However, the arrival of the vaccine has brought new hope and confidence, and after deliberating and evaluating the tournament execution plans and the safety protocols, I can say, we are confident of the resumption,” BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said in an official release.

BAI revamps domestic tournament structures

BAI domestic Tournaments
Image source: BAI twitter
BAI domestic Tournaments
Image source: BAI twitter

The domestic tournament structure for seniors have been revamped by the BAI with three levels of tournaments.

  • Level 3- The “BAI Series” tournament will have 6 tournaments of the level in a year and have a total prize money of INR 10 lakhs.
  • Level 2- 4 tournaments of “BAI Super Series” will be held in a year  with a total prize money of INR 15 lakhs.
  • Level 1- 2 Tournaments of “BAI Super Series Premier” will be conducted in a year with a total prize money of INR 25 lakhs. The Senior National Championships will have a prize money of INR 50 lakhs.

Resumption of National Camps

In the EC, the BAI has also decided to go ahead with national camps for the juniors and seniors from April 2021. TOPS athletes and junior prospects for 2024 and 2028 Olympic games will be included in the camp. The junior shuttlers are facilitated to train at the BAI-SAI junior academies in Guwahati, Panchkula, Gopichand-SAI Badminton Academy, PPBA-Bangalore, and Babu Banarsi Das Badminton Academy in Lucknow. The training will be recommenced in a phased manner.

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