Big stars will feature in IBL: Organisers

Jun 30, 2013, 02:48 IST | Agencies

Organisers of the forthcoming Indian Badminton League have downplayed reports in a section of the media which claim that the world's best players will not feature in the inaugural edition.

They claimed that 17 countries including China and Indonesia have agreed to release their top stars for the event. “For the record, seven men players in the top-10 world rankings and six players in the women’s top-10 rankings have confirmed with a total of 112 foreign players having signed up for IBL till now,” Ashish Chadha, CEO Sporty Solutionz (the Commercial Partner to the IBL), said.

According to an IBL release, World No 7 Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto will lead the star parade from his country, along with Sony Kuncoro and Lindaweni Fanetri, who are men’s World No 10 and women’s World No 11, respectively.  Hong Kong’s Hu Hyun, men’s World No 6, Japan’s Kenichi Tago, men’s World No 5 and women’s World No 10 Minatsu Mitani likely to figure in the bidding process. 

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