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Pune may host this year's Senior National Badminton Championships to celebrate the 75th anniversary of PDMBA

This year, the Senior National Badminton Championship will be held for the first time in two years. Pune may host prestigious domestic tournaments. The 84th Senior National Badminton Championship will be held later this year.

Guwahati hosted the 83rd Senior National in 2019, with Saina Nehwal and Sorabberma becoming champions of women’s singles and men’s singles, respectively.

Due to the pandemic, Senior National has not been held since 2019. However, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) is keen to restart the domestic circuit in earnest as all restrictions on COVID-19 have been lifted. Country.

The Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) has requested that BAI assign a senior national to the state.

Confirming the development, BAI General Secretary Sanjay Mishra said the national governing body for sports received an official bid letter from the MBA.

“The Maharashtra Badminton Association has shown a keen interest in hosting the Senior National this year. BAI officially received a letter at the Executive Committee meeting in New Delhi on May 15. The Tournament Committee will make the final decision regarding the assignment of the MBA. ”Sanjay Mishra I told Sportskeeda on Thursday..

The BAI Tournament Committee is chaired by BAI Vice President Sekhar Biswas and convened by BAI’s co-secretary Omar Rashid.

The BAI Tournament Commission takes the final call to bid for an MBA hosting a senior national in Pune: Sanjay Mishra

A 12-member tournament committee may meet shortly to make the final decision of the MBA hosting the 2022 Senior National. The Commission was recently established to organize tournaments of various age groups and senior national levels.

“During the tournament committee meeting, they may also discuss suggestions from many state associations for hosting various all-Indian sub-junior, junior and senior ranking tournaments,” said Sanjay Mishra.

He added:

“The final national calendar 2022-23 will be released after the tournament committee meeting. We have received several applications from units of various member countries bidding to host national level tournaments. The tournament committee has made the final decision and will announce the calendar shortly. “

The Pune District and the Metropolitan Badminton Association (PDMBA) want to host a senior national as part of their 75th anniversary.

Arun Lakhani, BAI's Treasurer and MBA President, is optimistic about Pune, the host of the 2022 Senior National.  (Photo credit: MBA)

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Pune last hosted the Senior Nationals in 1997. Pullela Gopichand won the men’s singles title at the PDMBA Hall. If the MBA wins the bid, Pune will host the Senior National after a long gap of 25 years.