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Saina Nehwal star attraction at Odisha Open as state gears up to host maiden BWF international event
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Saina Nehwal star attraction at Odisha Open as state gears up to host maiden BWF international event

Saina has been seeded first in the women's singles while Parupalli Kashyap is the top seed in men's singles of the tournament to be played at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium.

Malaysia's badminton star Lee Zii Jia banned after quitting national team
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Malaysia's badminton star Lee Zii Jia banned after quitting national team

Badminton Association of Malaysia decided to punish him with a two-year ban from all tournaments sanctioned after wanting to go independent

PV Sindhu appointed member of BWF's Athletes' Commission
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PV Sindhu appointed member of BWF's Athletes' Commission

The-26-year-old former world champion was named alongside five others who will serve as members till 2025.

BWF World Championship 2021 Highlights: Kidambi Srikanth beats Lakshya Sen 17-21, 21-14, 21-17
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BWF World Championship 2021 Highlights: Kidambi Srikanth beats Lakshya Sen 17-21, 21-14, 21-17

Follow the live updates on the BWF World Championships semi-final between Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen on our live blog

BWF World Tour Finals: Kidambi Srikanth loses to Lee Zii Jia, bows out of tournament
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BWF World Tour Finals: Kidambi Srikanth loses to Lee Zii Jia, bows out of tournament

The former world no. 1 Indian was no match for Lee, the reigning All England champion, going down 19-21 14-21 in 37 minutes to end his campaign

Do you care about players' well-being at all? Former India doubles coach Mathias Boe slams BWF
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Do you care about players' well-being at all? Former India doubles coach Mathias Boe slams BWF

As many as 40 shuttlers, including two-time world champion Kento Momota, got injured since the international calender resumed with the Sudirman Cup in Finland in September this year following a break forced by the COVID-19 pandemic

BWF to honour badminton legend Prakash Padukone with lifetime achievement award
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BWF to honour badminton legend Prakash Padukone with lifetime achievement award

The BWF Council shortlisted the Indian legend based on the award commission’s recommendation. Badminton Association of India (BAI) had submitted his name for this award.

Two Chinese badminton players banned for two years for match-fixing, betting
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Two Chinese badminton players banned for two years for match-fixing, betting

Zhu Jun Hao fixed the outcome of a match in 2019 by intentionally losing the first game, while Zhang Bin Rong bet on matches on 36 occasions at tournaments in China, Switzerland and France in 2019, the BWF said.

BWF adds Odisha Open to 2022 calendar, India to host 3 back-to-back badminton tournaments in January
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BWF adds Odisha Open to 2022 calendar, India to host 3 back-to-back badminton tournaments in January

The India Open Super 500, which was cancelled in 2020 as well as this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be the first tournament of 2022, scheduled from 11 to 16 January.

Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat says he learnt to stay calm under pressure from Sachin Tendulkar
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Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat says he learnt to stay calm under pressure from Sachin Tendulkar

The 33-year-old Indian, who had contracted polio when he was four years old, showed great mental fortitude as he recovered from an eight-point deficit in the second game to come up trumps against his opponent.

Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament cancelled by BWF for second consecutive year
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Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament cancelled by BWF for second consecutive year

The tournament was scheduled to be held in Lucknow from 12 to 17 October.

Badminton World Federation cancels Taipei Open due to COVID-19 'complications'
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Badminton World Federation cancels Taipei Open due to COVID-19 'complications'

The Taipei Open was scheduled to be held from 7 to 12 September at Taipei City.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund promises 'highest level' of badminton at Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: BWF secretary-general Thomas Lund promises 'highest level' of badminton at Games

The Olympics, delayed from last year due to the virus, will take place under strict rules, with overseas fans banned and local spectators limited.

Olympic gold medallist shuttler Markis Kido passes away at age 36 after suffering heart attack
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Olympic gold medallist shuttler Markis Kido passes away at age 36 after suffering heart attack

The Indonesian doubles player had won the 2008 Olympic gold medal, 2006 World Cup and 2007 World Championships titles with Hendra Setiawan.

Saina Nehwal can target specific tournaments to prolong career, says ex-India coach Vimal Kumar
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Saina Nehwal can target specific tournaments to prolong career, says ex-India coach Vimal Kumar

Battling injuries and indifferent form, Saina, 31, couldn't make her fourth Olympics after the sport's governing body, BWF, cancelled the last three qualifiers due to the pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Inconsistency cost Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth more than cancellation of qualifying events
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Inconsistency cost Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth more than cancellation of qualifying events

Would it be right to just blame the cancellation of tournaments for Saina and Srikanth missing out on Tokyo participation? And the answer would be an emphatic No.

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal's qualification hopes end as BWF says no further events till Games
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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Kidambi Srikanth, Saina Nehwal's qualification hopes end as BWF says no further events till Games

Former world no 1 Srikanth and London Games bronze-medallist Saina's hopes were all but dashed when the last of the Olympic qualifiers in Singapore was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma elected to BWF Council
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BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma elected to BWF Council

Sarma, who is also the Vice President of Badminton Asia, got 236 votes as 31 members contested for 20 places in the Council at the virtual AGM and election of the sport's global governing body.

Badminton's scoring system remains unchanged with best-of-five proposal rejected in BWF's AGM
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Badminton's scoring system remains unchanged with best-of-five proposal rejected in BWF's AGM

The 11x5 system, which was criticised by players and coaches alike, couldn't gather enough votes in last year's AGM too.

BWF need to reduce financial imbalance in badminton with more player-friendly policies
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BWF need to reduce financial imbalance in badminton with more player-friendly policies

There is no doubt that badminton’s journey towards becoming a professional sport has been hindered by the amateur mindset of the administrators