In an unprecedented move, The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has allotted Rs. 1.60 crores to its allied members associations in the name of development of the game across the country.
The decision has been taken in a meeting presided by the BAI President DR. Himanta Biswa Sarma in Delhi in order to promote sports and its grassroots level development.
Under the plan, each member of the 32-members association will receive a sum of 5 lakh who will subsequently assist state units to develop and promote all grassroots level programs erecting a solid stead fats pathway for the young badminton players in states.
Speaking on the occasion, the BAI president said, “We have been relentlessly working towards the growth of the sport across all regions of the country. This financial assistance to state associations is the beginning of our vision of making all states self-sustaining in the longer run. It will help them promote and develop badminton in their region more assiduously.”
India, over the years, has established itself as a badminton powerhouse with a rich pool of shuttlers unearthed from diverse corners of the country. BAI’s initiative is thus yet another effort to uphold and encourage the talent, besides maintaining the standard of badminton in its continuous growth.
BAI Secretary-General, Ajay K Singhania, further added: “We had already started off with the new ranking tournaments in a bid to open up the gates for rudimentary players. Four regional academies and a Centre of Excellence are also in the offing to change the way badminton is perceived in the country.”
Focusing on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics two years after, BAI is putting all effort to enrich the performance of the athletes who will bring gold in the game.