The Badminton Association of India (BAI) is the managerial body that is responsible for supervising and organizing various events related to badminton at all levels in the country. The organisation performs a range of functions such as vetting new talents, keeping track record details of registered badminton players and organizing tournaments with affiliated associations across the nation. Currently Dr.Akhilesh Das Gupta is the President of the Association and Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma, Vinod Dhawan, T.P.S. Puri, Pradeep Gandhe, Arvind Singhal, Devender Singh - IAS, S. Muralidharan, S.A.Raval, O.D.Sharma and Abdul Bari Siddique are the acting Vice Presidents of Badminton Association of India (BAI).
History of BAI
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) was originally formed as the All India Badminton Association and was established in 1934 by Sarat Mitra. He was also instrumental in the founding of the West Bengal
Badminton Association, one of its first affiliated organizations. Under the aegis of the then All India Badminton Association, the first (men`s only) All India badminton tournament was held in Calcutta (now Kolkata
) in the year 1935. The All India Badminton Association was rechristened in the year 1940 in order to form Badminton Association of India, which is active till the present date. Presently this badminton association has almost 40 affiliated organizations under it in several states of the nation.
Functions of BAI
The Badminton Association of India (BAI) encourages potential candidates by properly controlling and developing the sport in the country. This body organizes regular coaching camps, periodical tournaments as well as exhibition games; liaising with affiliated bodies on a part-time basis for increasing the popularity of the game in the ground level. This body helps prospective talents in getting proper aid, support and sponsorship for achieving excellence in the game of badminton. Moreover, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) is also in charge of keeping all the track details and follow-up records of the registered badminton players of the country. This association is also responsible for issuing ranking of the players.
The Association makes the ranking of the players on the basis of their consistent performances. It is considered accountable for player selection for any international badminton tournaments or events. The Badminton Association of India is also held responsible for issuing official appointments to any coach and for generating sponsorships for this game.
The game of badminton enjoys a modest popularity in India due to the efforts of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) and its long history attests to its dedication to the sport.