HYDERABAD: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) is struggling to clear the mess created by its former president, the late Akilesh Das Gupta. Faced with a few court cases regarding the badminton league, BAI is working hard to avoid further trouble ahead of the third edition of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) beginning January 23, 2018.
Last month, BAI agreed to pay Rs 2.5 crore – the amount awarded by the arbitrator – to Sporty Solutionz, the promoter of Indian Badminton League (IBL).
After the first edition of IBL, BAI terminated the contract with Sporty and the badminton league returned in its new avatar as Premier Badminton League with new promoters SportzLive in 2016. Sporty moved the Delhi high court claiming that BAI had violated the terms of contract. The hearing of the case – Sporty alleged that several documents were forged – is scheduled for December 11.
It has now emerged that Bengaluru Blasters has written to PBL to come clear on this issue. As per the copy of the letter available with TOI, Bengaluru wrote, “It has come to our notice that a couple of legal cases are going on against Badminton Association of India in Delhi High Court with potential adverse impact on PBL and in turn, its franchisee operations. It has also come to our knowledge that some franchisees are not ready to pay the franchisee fee for various reasons… In view of the above mentioned uncertainties, we suggest you to call for a joint meeting involving BAI, PBL and the owners… As you are aware our franchisee has a participation of reputed celebrities and we can’t put their reputation at risk.”
Meanwhile, it is learnt that BAI is trying to work out a deal with Sporty by giving them the rights to host the Asian Badminton Club League. But as per the contract, the hosting rights should also be given to Sportzlive.