Shuttlecocks to be made available: BAI

February 25th, 2008 - 11:28 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Clouds of uncertainty hanging over the Indian Open Grand Prix Badminton event have lifted Tuesday with the sports ministry and the Badminton Association of India (BAI) working out a solution to import shuttlecocks. “Things have been worked out with the Sports Ministry and we might import the shuttles now,” BAI vice-president T.P.S. Puri said.

The central government banned the import of shuttles from China because of bird flu. This resulted in a shortage and even the national camp before the Thomas Cup had to be called off, but Puri said the ban was coming to an end now and hoped that camps would go as scheduled with the availability of shuttles.

“The president had a meeting with officials (Sports Ministry) and the problem was sorted out. We are expecting to get the shuttles as soon as possible,” he said.

The shortage had cast doubts on India’s hosting of the inaugural Badminton Grand Prix, which has Olympic qualification points, in April.

“We have 7-8 camps coming up. The camp for the Indian Open will start on March 23 and hopefully it will continue now. The Indian Open was not called off officially. It will be certainly take place now,” he said.

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