India gears up for new million-dollar badminton league

However, the league's top draw world no.1 Lee Chong Wei is an injury doubt after being stretchered off the court during his world championship final against eventual champion Lin Dan on Sunday.

updated: August 13, 2013 13:25 IST
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New Delhi: Badminton takes a leap into the unknown on Wednesday, when a new franchise-based team event with innovative rules aimed at drawing bigger crowds opens in India.

The million-dollar Indian Badminton League (IBL), trumpeted as the sport's richest event, will be played over a fortnight between six city teams, using a more attacking style of play designed to excite the fans.

But the event has suffered several blows even before the first shuttle has been hit, with Malaysian superstar Lee Chong Wei, the league's top draw and the world number one, under an injury cloud.

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