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BAI agrees to tough norms for players' participation

other Updated: Dec 24, 2012 00:38 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Badminton Association of India

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has, in principle, agreed to formulate tough guidelines to ensure the participation of top Indian shuttlers in major events in India in future.

"Participation of top players in at least 4-5 major-ranking events in India will be a must," a BAI insider told HT on Sunday after a meeting of the selection committee, headed by its chief Akhilesh Das.

"We are also planning to constitute a team of expert doctors to examine players' injuries," he added.

BAI vice-president TPS Puri, though refused to go into details, said that the issue was one of the main agendas at the meeting on Sunday. "Yes, we discussed the issue. We will circulate the suggestions to all our units across the country, and only after seeking their opinions, will we come out with some plan," he said, adding, "Once it is agreed upon, it would be put before the executive committee."

The 'dramatic pullout' of top seed Saina Nehwal from the Syed Modi International Grand Prix Badminton Championship here on Wednesday had prompted BAI to formulate rules to ensure compulsory participation of the country's elite players in tournaments held at home.