Pune: The cream of Indian badminton is likely to make it for the second edition of the All India VV Natu Memorial Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament, to be held from August 12-17, here in the city.
This was disclosed by Uday Sane, the secretary of Poona District Metropolitan Badminton Association (PDMBA), the organisers of this mega event in the city.
“We should see some of the cream of Indian shuttlers. I would not like to take their names as they are yet to confirm, but we should hopefully see them in action,” said Sane.
The chances of the top players making it to this edition is bright, as this will be a warm-up tournament before the Denmark World Championship.
Tight international schedules stole away the charm of top players in the last edition of the championship. Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and P Kashyap had opted out of the tournament last year. They may attend this year. Last year, the top seed and pre-tournament favourite B Sai Praneeth lived up to his top billing by beating second seed and Thailand Grand Prix Gold champion K Srikanth, in straight games to lift the men’s singles title. Meanwhile, this championship will not adopt to the World Badminton Federation (BWF) to the experimental scoring system which is a five-game 11 points format.
“No, the experimental scoring system will not be used in this championship,” said Sane.