Success of IBL auction proves growing popularity of sport, says Badminton Association of India

While world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who was bought by Mumbai Masters for USD 135,000, was the most sought-after player India's shuttle queen Saina Nehwal was not far behind as she commanded a price of USD 120,000 from Hyderabad HotShots.

updated: July 22, 2013 18:27 IST
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New Delhi: The grand success of Indian Badminton League's (IBL) inaugural players' auction has proved the growing popularity of the sport in India, said BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta.

Das Gupta was delighted with the outcome of Monday's auction where six franchisees picked up 60 players.

"A generous amount has been spent on Indian players by the franchisees, which is a very positive sign for the Indian players and the sport as a whole. Other than auction money the players would also be getting endorsement deals," Das Gupta said.

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