The Badminton Association of India (BAI) team traveled to Nagpur and Raipur this week to inspect the facilities of the respective venues ahead of the International Challenge Badminton tournaments to be held in the two cities.
Nagpur and Raipur will host an international Badminton World Federation (BWF) tournament for the first time in history. The India Maharashtra International Badminton Challenge 2022 will be held in Nagpur from September 13-18.
The world-class divisional sports complex at Mankapur will host the six-day international tournament in Nagpur. It will also mark the launch of international badminton tournaments in Orange City.
Soon after, Raipur will host the Indian Chhattisgarh International Challenge 2022 from September 20-25. Raipur’s Balbir Juneja indoor stadium will host the first-ever international tournament in the capital of Chhattisgarh.
Badminton Association of India (BAI) Secretary General Sanjay Mishra will be the organizer in charge of the Raipur tournament.
The BAI delegation visited Raipur on Thursday and did a reconnaissance of the venue and other facilities. Sanjay Mishra accompanied the BAI team as they checked various facilities including hotel quality and availability.
The BAI inspection team then reached Nagpur on Friday and visited the divisional sports complex at Mankapur. Members of the Nagpur District Badminton Association (NDBA) accompanied the BAI delegation. Former international commuter Madhavi Kashikar-Hedaoo was also part of the NDBA committee.
The inspection of badminton courts, changing rooms, toilets, lighting and the spectator gallery was carried out.
BAI Delegation Satisfied with Basic Facilities at Mankapur Stadium, Nagpur: NDBA Secretary Mangesh Kashikar
NDBA secretary Mangesh Kashikar, who was with BAI officials for a few hours at the stadium, was pleased with the development.
“The BAI delegation was quite happy with the basic facilities at Mankapur Stadium. We have 12 courts but they said they would only use eight courts for the tournament. The rest of the area will serve as a warm-up area for the players. We are also installing new Yonex synthetic courts to meet international standards,” Mangesh Kashikar told Sportskeeda on Friday.
Mangesh Kashikar, a former national level commuter, informed Sportskeeda that the new lighting system will be completed soon. Air-conditioning facilities will also be ready at Mankapur Stadium ahead of the tournament.
“In the coming weeks, all of the stadium lighting will be changed. Should the BAI Organizing Committee wish to use the AC facilities, they will be made available during the tournament. We are also upgrading other necessary requirements such as restrooms and changing rooms so that there are no complaints from participating international players,” said Kashikar, who is also a member of the BAI tournament committee.
More than a hundred foreign players are expected at the Nagpur and Raipur International Challenge tournaments.
The BWF awarded two additional International Challenge tournaments to India in June. The world sports governing body has accepted the BAI’s request for two more tournaments.
In addition to two World Tour Super tournaments, India also hosts an Infosys Foundation International Challenge in Bengaluru and an International Junior Tournament in Pune.
The most popular cities in central India, Nagpur and Raipur, have already hosted national level badminton tournaments.
The 82nd National Senior Badminton Championship was held at Mankapur Divisional Sports Complex in Nagpur in 2017. The first ever Senior National Championships in Nagpur was a great success with the participation of all the top players including Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy.
Maharashtra Badminton Association President and BAI Treasurer Arun Lakhani and his team are working hard to make the upcoming international tournament a great success.