Young shuttlers of Mumbai all set to clash on – court in the fourth edition of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship

Young shuttlers of Mumbai all set to clash on – court in the fourth edition of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship

Largest badminton championship platform to identify fresh talent

  • Over  the last three seasons  the tournament hosted over 8000 children who participated in 8 cities 
  • 10 cities to host regional matches this year: New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Pune, Lucknow,  Guwahati, Kolkata and Kochi
  • Matches to be held under four age categories: Under-9, 11, 13 and 15  for both boys and girls
  • The platform supports the  training of underprivileged kids in the sport and 140 children have benefitted from scholarships for training in badminton 
  • The tournament is approved by the Badminton Association of India (BAI)

Mumbai, July 6, 2018: PNB MetLife, one of India’s leading life insurance company, kick-started the Mumbai leg of the fourth season of Junior Badminton Championship in the city today. The tournament one of the biggest National open-platform for Badminton is being held at Andheri Sports Complex. The first day of the five-day tournament in the city saw over XXX young future prodigies engaging in epic clashes. The fourth season of the tournament promises more exciting and high-octane badminton action.

The tournament was inaugurated by Uday Pawar, former badminton player and the current coach at his academy called Uday Pawar Badminton Academy, who graced the occasion as the Chief Guest for the opening ceremony in Mumbai.

This year, JBC is scheduled to cover the length and breadth of the country with tournaments in 10 cities - Chandigarh, Bengaluru, Kochi, Lucknow, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati and New Delhi. The matches will be played in four age categories – Under-9, 11, 13 and 15 for boys and girls. Top two kids from each category from every city tournament will proceed to the National Finale in New Delhi scheduled on Aug 9-10 to fight for the National title. 

The platform is being sponsored by PNB MetLife, with CRY Foundation as the CSR partner. The aim of this initiative is to revive the spirit of the sport by nurturing the right talent at an amateur level, thereby fostering their growth and ability to perform on a global scale.

Mr. Nipun Kaushal, Chief Marketing Officer, PNB MetLife said, “Over the years JBC 4 has become a much awaited event and it is heartening to see the response to the tournament in different cities. We have used an integrated communication approach to promote this Olympic sport so that more children can benefit from playing it.  We expect to have a total of 8000 children participate in this year’s edition. We are committed to provide more children access to this platform. The passion and commitment that we saw today is testament that tomorrow, as national players, these children will cross new boundaries in the sport of Badminton.”

The Chief Guest for the event, Uday Pawar, former badminton player and the current coach at his academy called Uday Pawar Badminton Academy, said, “Talented young shuttlers today have the PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship platform to showcase their skills. I am glad to be associated with an initiative that encourages the development of gen-next badminton players and strengthens the recognition and exposure the sport deserves in India.”  

The national-level tournament, approved by Badminton Association of India (BAI), has in the past four years grown from strength-to-strength to become one of the biggest annual national level platforms for young badminton enthusiasts. Speaking on the occasion, BAI President – Mr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, said, “We are delighted to associate with PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship (JBC) 4. Through this initiative young children can now hone their skills and chase their badminton dreams. India has the potential to produce many budding sports stars. Platforms like these take the sport to different parts of the country and make it accessible to all.”

After Mumbai, JBC 4 will be travelling to Kolkata, Hyderabad and Delhi.

The complete tournament schedule:

Sr No Cities Event Dates
1 Chandigarh 24th May – 26th May
2 Bangalore 24th June – 28th June
3 Kochi 30th June – 2nd July
4 Lucknow 30th June – 4th July
5 Pune 3rd July –6th July
6 Mumbai 6th July – 10th July
7 Kolkata 8th July – 10th July
8 Hyderabad 12th July – 15th July
9 Guwahati 14th July – 16th July
10 Delhi 17th July – 21st July
11 Delhi finale 9th Aug – 10th Aug

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PNB MetLife India Insurance Company Limited (PNB MetLife) is a joint venture between 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. IRDAI Registration No. 117

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