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Seraikela opens up to badminton

It won’t be long before Seraikela-Kharsawan takes to the shuttlecock with next month’s three-day selection trial for sub-juniors marking the beginning of badminton in the erstwhile princely town.

The trials, for an upcoming sub-junior national meet at Rohtak in September, will be held at Indoor Hall in Seraikela.

“We are expecting around 100 boys and girls for the selection trials. We want to develop badminton in Seraikela and the trials are a step towards that endeavour,” Jharkhand Badminton Association (JBA) secretary K. Prabhakar Rao told The Telegraph.

The trials are scheduled from August 8 to 10. According to Rao, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Chaibasa, Deogarh, Lohardaga, Gumla, Palamu and Latehar have facilities for badminton.

But, that is not the case with Seraikela, Koderma and Chatra and some other places. “Seraikela District Badminton Association president Deepak Kumar Sinha showed a keen interest in developing badminton there. We also backed him to the hilt in generating interest among boys and girls. The Indoor Hall at Seraikela has two cement courts and has enough space for laying two wooden facilities,” said Rao, who is also joint secretary, Badminton Association of India (BAI).

“There is no dearth of talent in Jharkhand and more players will come up once proper facilities are in place. We are also looking to develop the game in districts which lack infrastructure,” he added.

Jamshedpur, which has hosted big tournaments in the past, including senior national championship, boasts two badminton stadiums in the form of Mohan Ahuja Stadium and Tata Steel Badminton Training Centre.

A facility came up at Mega Sports Complex at Hotwar, Ranchi, for the 2011 National Games. Jamshedpur is sheduled to host a sub-junior ranking tournament in December.