The Delhi Badminton Association (DBA) has got down to business to escape the wrath of the Badminton Association of India (BAI).

A day after BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta reiterated that only those State associations which hold district championships in at least 50 per cent of its districts before hosting the State championship would be allowed to field its players in the regional inter-State and National championships. DBA secretary S.P. Singh sounded keen to take up the challenge.

With the newly formed Delhi Capital Badminton Association (DCBA) enjoying a head-start in the race against DBA in organising championships in the 11 districts of the Capital, DBA started the action with the North-West championship commencing on Thursday. The district events in Shahdara (July 20-21) and South (July 21-22) have also been scheduled.

“We will follow the BAI directive and finish most of our district events before holding the Delhi State championship sometime in August-September. We will be holding our Delhi State-ranking event from July 24. This event is part of our annual ranking tournament circuit,” said Mr. Singh.

With DCBA set to hold its State championship from July 22 and Dr. Gupta’s statement that BAI would soon announce which of the two bodies in Delhi enjoys its blessings, Mr. Singh did not sound too perturbed.

“How can BAI validate one of the two championships when both bodies have started their district events. Nowhere does the BAI letter say that validation of the bodies is based on first-come, first-serve-basis,” argued Mr. Singh. He also said, “It would be nice if the BAI website displays the details or results of all the district events organised by various State associations. After all, this directive is for all affiliates of BAI.”

It will be interesting to see if BAI issues its promised directive to the Delhi players on Friday, directing them to play only one of the two events (starting on July 22 and 24) organised by the rival bodies.

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