With the introduction of an “informal rule” by the BAI (Badminton Association of India) many of the Indian top badminton players are facing it difficult to find financial assistance and have to put up their own money to participate in international tournaments like the Super Series and Grand Prix.
According to the rule, only the top 25 of the BWF are eligible for the financial assistance. Due to this, many of the top players in the national team have written a letter to the BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma.
According to information received, most of the senior players have expressed their dissatisfaction for not receiving any financial assistance which is burning a hole in their pockets. What’s more interesting, is that the rule has been conveyed to them verbally and there is nothing in writing.
BAI says that they plan on abolishing this practice as they enter into a three year partnership with with the Reliance Foundation and the incoming money from the sponsorship will help all those second line of players who are affected by this top-25 ranking rule.