Indian Badminton League hailed as success despite China snub

The teams, owned by business houses and individuals, were represented by players from around the globe, including world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who were bought at an auction in July. But fans zeroed in on India's two top women players, world number four Saina Nehwal and number 10 P.V. Sindhu, who was a semi-finalist at the world championships in China in August.

updated: September 01, 2013 13:24 IST
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New Delhi: India's million-dollar foray into franchised team badminton was hailed as a "game changer" on Sunday even though the event was shunned by the sport's powerhouse China. (IBL will catch up with IPL, says Saina Nehwal)

The Indian Badminton League (IBL) drew an enthusiastic response from fans as six city teams battled for 18 days under innovative rules before Saturday night's final in Mumbai. (Saina, Jayaram help Hyderabad clinch inaugural IBL title)

The league, trumpeted as badminton's richest event, ensured a big pay-packet for players, besides raising the sport's profile in an otherwise cricket-mad country.

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