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Tamil Nadu Badminton Super League could start in July

R Sivakumar, owner of Premier Badminton League’s (PBL) franchise Chennai Superstarz and owner of the Tamil Nadu Badminton Super League believes that the country is still some two months away from normalcy and only then can sports resume. 

Tamil Nadu Badminton Super League could start in July
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Published: 12 April 2020 9:12 AM GMT

Tamil Nadu Badminton Super League wants to start its second season by July this year.

R Sivakumar, owner of Premier Badminton League’s (PBL) franchise Chennai Superstarz and owner of the Tamil Nadu Badminton Super League believes that the country is still some two months away from normalcy and only then can sports resume.

"We are in lockdown at the moment and it will take at least two months for normalcy to return. So when things get better in July-August, I am planning to hold season 2 of the TNBSL (Junior Chennai Superstarz tournament),’’ said Sivakumar told the New Indian Express.

the Tamil Nadu Badminton Super League comprises of eight teams. These are: Trichy Blasters, Marina Super Kings, Chennai Flying Gravity, Villupuram Falcon Feathers, Karur Smashers and Tirupur Warriors. Flying Gravity won the inaugural edition of the league.

“TNBSL is a good platform to popularise the sport in the state. It is an ideal platform to unearth young talent. S Sankar Muthusamy, one of the most promising players in the state, has benefitted a lot from it. Having said that, a lot depends upon how the situation pans out over the next two months and government’s advice,’’ explained Sivakumar.

On his team Chennai Superstarz Sivakumar said:

“Happy to own the team in PBL and glad about the team’s performance. This is only the first season since we took over. We lost the second semifinals and finished third. Our aim next year will be to better our performance. The main reason for owning a PBL team is to provide exposure to TN players and help them make a mark at the international level,’’

Sports world has been drastically affected by the pandemic with wage cuts and job losses in sports market becoming the new norm but Sivakumar thinks differently.

“We have time, things will definitely improve by next year. As of now, we have no plans to cut the budget for the franchise so players’ pay will be unaffected,’’ insisted Sivakumar.

Speaking on foreign players’ participation in PBL, he said, “We need to be positive. Many are from Europe. We have to see how they are towards the end of this year. A lot will also depend on their respective governments’ guidelines.”

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