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Telangana shuttlers to resume training on 1 July if government allows BAI to organise camp in Hyderabad
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Telangana shuttlers to resume training on 1 July if government allows BAI to organise camp in Hyderabad

With COVID-19 cases surging in Hyderabad, the Telangana government as a precautionary measure extended the lockdown till 30 June but it meant the return to sport got further delayed for the top players in the state.

Firstpost Masterclass: Legendary shuttler Jwala Gutta breaks down the technical and mental aspects of doubles badminton
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Firstpost Masterclass: Legendary shuttler Jwala Gutta breaks down the technical and mental aspects of doubles badminton

Doubles is the fast and furious version of badminton where one's success also depends on one's partner. Seasoned exponent Jwala Gutta explains the technicalities of doubles badminton, and the challenges and mental aspects of her sport.

Pullela Gopichand recommends Indian shuttler HS Prannoy for Arjuna Award after BAI snub
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Pullela Gopichand recommends Indian shuttler HS Prannoy for Arjuna Award after BAI snub

It has emerged now that Prannoy was recommended by Gopichand on 3 June in his capacity as a Khel Ratna Award recipient.

Same crime, different punishment: BAI's disparate appraisal of Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy for top sports awards
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Same crime, different punishment: BAI's disparate appraisal of Srikanth Kidambi, HS Prannoy for top sports awards

Frankly speaking, there is a lot of merit in Prannoy’s rant against the BAI. He should, by rights, have been nominated for the Arjuna Award in 2018 or 2019. His misfortune lies in the fact that Sameer Verma’s claim this year appears a mite stronger, and the ageing Thiruvananthapuram player may just have missed the boat in the stakes of having the coveted statuette adorn his mantelpiece.

BAI recommends Kidambi Srikanth for Khel Ratna after shuttler's apology, sends show-cause letter to HS Prannoy
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BAI recommends Kidambi Srikanth for Khel Ratna after shuttler's apology, sends show-cause letter to HS Prannoy

Earlier, on disciplinary grounds, the BAI did not nominate World No. 14 Srikanth and 28th ranked Prannoy for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award respectively.

Coaches, support staff have been hit hard during lockdown with virtually no income, says Pullela Gopichand
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Coaches, support staff have been hit hard during lockdown with virtually no income, says Pullela Gopichand

Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Friday admitted that coaches and support staff have been among the worse-hit professionals during the COVID-19 forced lockdown with "virtually no income" for the past three months.

Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF cancel Swiss Open, European Championships after failing to find suitable slots in late 2020
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Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF cancel Swiss Open, European Championships after failing to find suitable slots in late 2020

Last month, the BWF had unveiled a revised international calendar to salvage the remainder of the season, disrupted by the global health crisis.

Past Masters of Indian Badminton: Prakash Padukone – humble champion who changed the face of sport forever
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Past Masters of Indian Badminton: Prakash Padukone – humble champion who changed the face of sport forever

In this final act of Past Masters of Indian Badminton series, Shirish Nadkarni looks back at the life and career of the man who transformed the sport in India - Prakash Padukone.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Badminton World Federation cancels August's Hyderabad Open in wake of COVID-19 pandemic
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Badminton World Federation cancels August's Hyderabad Open in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

The Hyderabad Open, set from 11 to 16 August, was one of the three to be held in India in the calendar announced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on 22 May to restart the sport after the pandemic-forced cancellations since March.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Ashwini Ponnappa, Lakshay Sen among top Indian shuttlers returning to training after lockdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Ashwini Ponnappa, Lakshay Sen among top Indian shuttlers returning to training after lockdown

Top shuttlers Ashwini Ponnappa and Lakshya Sen are among 20-odd Indian players who have started training at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) in Bengaluru as the sport took its first step towards resumption after the COVID-19 hiatus.

Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF reschedules World Junior Championships to January next year
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Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF reschedules World Junior Championships to January next year

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that the World Junior Championships will now be held from 18-24 January next year.

BWF extends qualification period for Tokyo Olympics to 2021, ranking points earned in original phase to remain
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BWF extends qualification period for Tokyo Olympics to 2021, ranking points earned in original phase to remain

An extended qualification period for the Tokyo Olympics will be introduced in 2021 and ranking points earned at tournaments during the original qualification phase will be maintained, said the BWF.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian shuttlers slam BWF's revised calendar, say cramped schedule could lead to injuries
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Indian shuttlers slam BWF's revised calendar, say cramped schedule could lead to injuries

Indian shuttlers, including Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal, on Friday questioned the rationale behind scheduling 22 events in just five months in a revised BWF calendar, saying the "stupid" planning will increase the injury risk.

Badminton World Federation announces revamped 2020 calendar; India Open to be held in December
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Badminton World Federation announces revamped 2020 calendar; India Open to be held in December

The World Tour Super 500 tournament, originally scheduled to be held in New Delhi from 24-29 March, will now take place from 8-13 December, the BWF said in a release

What's to blame for PV Sindhu's freefall after last year's Basel World Championships? Predictability
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What's to blame for PV Sindhu's freefall after last year's Basel World Championships? Predictability

The answers to PV Sindhu's slump in form after her World Championships win, perhaps lie in a melange of a host of external factors as well as a clutch of facets intrinsic to her game.

Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttles next year due to COVID-19 pandemic
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Coronavirus Outbreak: BWF unlikely to introduce synthetic shuttles next year due to COVID-19 pandemic

In January this year, the world body had approved the use of synthetic feather shuttlecocks at sanctioned international tournaments of all levels from 2021.

Coronavirus Outbreak: FICCI suggests resumption of non-contact sports like cricket, badminton in empty stadiums
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Coronavirus Outbreak: FICCI suggests resumption of non-contact sports like cricket, badminton in empty stadiums

The FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry) said non-contact sports can resume first by maintaining social distancing norms

Coronavirus Outbreak: India coach Pullela Gopichand urges BWF to come up with 'radical solutions' to restart badminton
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Coronavirus Outbreak: India coach Pullela Gopichand urges BWF to come up with 'radical solutions' to restart badminton

Gopichand believes one way of going about things is to segregate the players on the basis of their respective formats — men's singles, women's singles and doubles — and then conducting tournaments in three different countries simultaneously

Coronavirus Outbreak: Junior badminton coach Sanjay Mishra 'feeling more like a counselor' after dealing with frustrated players
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Junior badminton coach Sanjay Mishra 'feeling more like a counselor' after dealing with frustrated players

Mishra says he tells his wards to try and control the negative thoughts which would also help them deal with tough match situations

Pullela Gopichand interview: National badminton coach on changing mindset of Indians, need for on-court arrogance and formula for success
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Pullela Gopichand interview: National badminton coach on changing mindset of Indians, need for on-court arrogance and formula for success

Pullela Gopichand spoke about how the Indian shuttlers' mindset has evolved over the decades, finding the formula for success, and needing on-court arrogance to succeed at the world stage.