Lucknow, February 17, 2016:
PNB MetLife India, one of India’s leading life insurance companies and SARA FOUNDATION (An organisation for the promotion of sports), bring the coveted National PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) - Season 2
. Starting February 17, 2016, the tournament will be played at Mini Sport Stadium, Vinay Khand 3, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
with the finals scheduled for February 19, 2016. More than 400 participants have registered for the tournament displaying huge excitement and response among the young badminton playing community. The tournament has been approved by BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (BAI) and is being supported by Uttar Pradesh Badminton Association.
With more than 5300 entries received for the tournaments in seven cities including Lucknow, Kozhikode, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai and Chennai, PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) - Season 2
has already surpassed the record of its first season, showcases its popularity among young shuttlers.
This initiative is being conducted by PNB MetLife & SARA Foundation to promote grass-root level sports across the country.
The inaugural event in Lucknow was attended by stalwarts including Mr. Rajneesh Mishra, Former International Hockey Player who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.
The Lucknow tournament will witness nail-biting matches where young and talented shuttlers will fight it out for the top positions. The winners of the Lucknow tournament will enter the National Finals of the championship. The excitement levels will soar as ranking players from across India are expected to participate in the tournament. The matches will be played in 5 categories - U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-17 for both boys and girls. Every city will select top 8 kids (Under 9 and 11) and top four kids (under 13,15 and 17) and they will qualify for grand finale to take pace in New Delhi from 28 to 30 March 2016.
Commenting on the initiative, Chief Guest Mr. Rajneesh Mishra, Former International Hockey Player, said
, “I would like to congratulate PNB MetLife and Sara Foundation for successfully taking Badminton to grass root level in India. With immense talent, now Badminton is getting required support. My best wishes to all the young shuttlers to play well in the tournament.”
After Lucknow, the league is set to get under way in Guwahati. The feat would shift back to Delhi for the semi-finals and finals starting March 28, 2016. Ten children and sixteen underprivileged children across different age-groups will win scholarships for training in a reputed Badminton Academy.
For more information & registration one can visit www.playforhappiness.inAbout PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited
PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited (PNB MetLife) is one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in the country having as its shareholders, MetLife International Holdings Inc. (MIHI), Punjab National Bank Limited (PNB), Jammu & Kashmir Bank Limited (JKB), M. Pallonji and Company Private Limited and other private investors, with MIHI and PNB being the majority shareholders.
For more information, visit www.pnbmetlife.comAbout Sara Foundation
Sara foundation is deeply engaged in scouting and promoting sports talent throughout the country. In recent times, the organization has been identifying many sports prodigies (Boys/Girls) and has been providing sustainable support to many young sports talent in the country.
Sara Foundation has designed a series of regional and national level sports activities in India for school children to help them participate and develop a SPORTS CULTURE. After winning many successes & accolades in recent times, currently the organization is organizing the much awaited national tournament- ‘PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) 2016’.