With the domestic badminton season starting with two All India senior Ranking tournaments in December after almost 20 months gap due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has nominated all subsequent age category tournaments till March next year as selection tournaments with an eye on building the next generation of stars.
The two senior ranking tournaments in Chennai and Hyderabad respectively will be followed by junior tournaments for U-15, U-17 and U-19 meets in Panchkula in January which will then be followed by the third senior ranking in Chhattisgarh in the month of March, 2022.
The players’ participation in the upcoming senior and junior tournaments is mandatory and their performance will be considered ahead of the trials for the inclusion of shuttlers for the Senior and Junior National Coaching Camp; for participation in BWF International Tournaments and finalisation of Tops Elite and Development Groups.
“Because of the pandemic, domestic badminton could not take off for almost 20 months, and gauging the performance of players based on National and International ranking alone doesn’t seem to be the best fit in the current circumstances.
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 month, so that, fresh and deserving talents also get the opportunities to be part of the Camp as well as the TOPs list of players,” Ajay Singhania, general secretary said in an official release.
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.