Badminton chaos: 200 matches in a day, play goes on till 4 in the morning

Updated: 26 July 2013 09:38 IST

The situation is so bad that parents have had to wake their kids up in the middle of the night to play matches. Referees meanwhile, have had to work for close to 20 hours.

Badminton chaos: 200 matches in a day, play goes on till 4 in the morning

The problem of plenty is generally not a problem in sports. It gives a coach bigger pool of players to choose from. But here's an instance where it turned out to be a huge problem, at the sub-junior badminton nationals, being held in Durgapur in West Bengal.

Aggression should be seen on court, and not off it. Administrators and parents though, have been at loggerheads at the ongoing sub-junior badminton nationals in West Bengal. The reason being odd scheduling, with matches going on for over 19 hours in a day. The reason? Too many participants and too few courts.

"We've waited for hours between matches. There are matches happening till 2-3am in the morning.. Nobody's telling when the matches are. Sometimes they say report at 2, sometimes at 3," a player named Abhay told NDTV.

An angry father blasted the way the nationals were being organised.

"Yeh saare saare andhe hai (All these people are blind)... na yeh kuch dekh rahe hai, na kuch sun rahe hai, khaali baithe hai (Neither they are seeing anything nor listening to us, just sitting idle)... koi marzee aao koi marzee jao, koi marzee jeeto koi marzee haaro inko koi matlab nahi hai is baat se (It does not matter to them whether someone comes, goes, wins or loses)," he said.

More than 200 matches are being squeezed in daily as there are over 600 participants. However the lack of planning doesn't seem to bother those, who've planned the event. An organiser put the blame squarely on the kids.

"This is happening everywhere maybe these kids are playing for the first time," he said.

The situation is so bad that parents have had to wake their kids up in the middle of the night to play matches. Referees meanwhile, have had to work for close to 20 hours.

Pullela Gopichand, one of India's badminton greats and All England Open Badminton Championships winner from 2001, is of the view that the number of entries has increased many folds which is creating the problem.

"When we played, not even 8 entries were there.. There were even chances of cancellations at the Nationals. It is a problem that has arisen because of the huge number of entries, this was not the case even 2 years back," said Gopichand.

With the launch of a new ambitious Indian Badminton League, the numbers are likely to go up. The question now is whether the Badminton Association of India will be willing to take note of this and improve infrastructure and planning for the grassroot level.

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