BAI Directs Players Not to Participate in Unapproved Tournament

The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has reminded stakeholders that its bye-laws prohibit registered players, coaches, technical staff, and support staff from participating in tournaments not approved by BAI or its affiliated units.

This warning has been issued in light of a tournament organised by the Badminton Master Players Welfare Association (BMPWA), which is scheduled to be held from Jan 4 to 7 in Pune. The BAI has noted that certain players, coaches, and support staff over the age of 35 years intend to take part in this tournament without seeking its permission.

The notice dated December 27, 2023, calls upon such persons to not take part in the said tournament without obtaining the requisite permission and warns that the BAI reserves the right to take necessary action. Apart from referring to clause 21 of the BAI constitution, the notice cites the common order dated November 3, 2023, pronounced by the Karnataka High Court in Bitsport Private Limited & Ors. v. Union of India & Anr.[1] and Vinod H V & Anr. v. Union of India & Anr.[2]

In this case, circulars issued under said clause were challenged before the Court which held that the BAI was not duty-bound to consider the petitioner’s application or sanction the tournament. But the Court ordered the BAI to formulate guidelines for the acceptance of applications and sanctioning of tournaments in consultation with the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

[1] WP No.15525 of 2023

[2] WP No.19134 of 2023