NEW DELHI, Sept 19: In an unprecedented move, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) on Wednesday doled out a cash incentive of Rs 1.6 crore to its 32 member associations for developing the sport across the country. The cash disbursement followed the decision on Monday, as adopted in the Executive Council (EC) meeting, presided over by BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma here.
The cash incentives by BAI, where each of its 32-member associations received a sum of Rs five lakh will be aimed at helping the state units develop and promote all their grassroots programmes while establishing a progressive pathway for the shuttlers in states.
Speaking on the occasion, Sarma said: �We have been relentlessly working towards the growth of the sport across all regions of the country. This financial assistance to state associations is the beginning of our vision of making all states self-sustaining in the longer run. It will help them promote and develop badminton in their region more assiduously.�
India, over the years, has established itself as a badminton powerhouse with a rich pool of shuttlers unearthed from diverse corners of the country. BAI�s initiative is thus yet another effort to uphold and encourage the talent, besides maintaining the standard of badminton in it�s continuous growth.
Echoing Sarma�s words, BAI Secretary General Ajay K Singhania said: �We had already started off with the new ranking tournaments in a bid to open up the gates for rudimentary players. Four regional academies and a Centre of Excellence are also in the offing to change the way badminton is perceived in the country.� � IANS