London Olympics men's doubles silver-medallist, Denmark's Mathias Boe, has been roped in by Awadhe Warriors as a replacement for banned Thai shuttler Maneepong Jongjit in the upcoming Indian Badminton League. (In image, bottom right)
The IBL governing council ratified the decision here today, following a request from Awadhe Warrior to pick up the former world No.1 in men's doubles out of a reserve list.
Commenting on the decision to select Boe, Awadhe Warriors' Mr Abhijit Sarkar, said, "We are extremely delighted to bag one of the best doubles players in the world. I'm confident Mathias Boe will be a great asset for Awadhe Warriors in the forthcoming IBL."
Boe said he was delighted at being picked in the IBL.
"India is a great badminton country with so many fans and I really look forward to be part of the event. I have been involved in the IBL from the beginning and have made myself available for the League this year," he said.
The USD one million IBL is set to launch on August 14 with Krrish Delhi Smashers taking on Pune Pistons.
The IBL will feature six franchises and will run for 18 days. Each franchise will host a two-day leg and the League will showcase a grand total of 90 matches.
The top four franchises in the League will clash in the semifinals and the winners will meet in the grand final in Mumbai on August 31.