The Indian Badminton League promised a lot in terms of infrastructure and amenities to attract crowds, but the Mumbai leg has exposed gaping holes in the tournament’s organisation.
HT had reported on Sunday that the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) was far from ready with a day to go for the first set of matches. While the organisers did manage to lay the courts and erect stands, confusion persisted.
Last-minute work on the courts and stands continued on Monday, and most spectators who had queued up outside the stadium were kept waiting for at least half an hour before the scheduled start of play.
Once inside, the situation was worse as eatables and drinking water were disallowed as per NSCI rules. Despite repeated requests no exception was made. “The rules have been prescribed by NSCI and we have to abide by them. It was in our agreement when the venue was decided and we cannot go back on the clause,” said venue manager, Sanket Shetty.
There was more in store as many hopefuls were turned away as the ticket offices remained shut. The organisers had claimed on Sunday that tickets had been sold out for both days, however, the empty seats told a different tale.