7 crore Prize Money, more than just the World Tour Finals
India will present Saina, Sindhu, Shrikant, Pranay and Pranit Challenge
Sports desk All England badminton championships are starting today in England's Birmingham. It is considered one of Badminton's world's most prestigious tournaments. By March 10 it will run against it. The All England Badminton Championship was played for the first time in 1899. Since then, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) has been organizing it for 120 years. China's Shi Yuki won Men's Singles and Taiwan's Tai Jun-Ying won the title of Women's Singles.
All England Badminton Championship is the world's second highest prize money tournament of badminton. Its prize money is about 7 crores ($ 1 million). The winner of the singles gets a reward of around Rs 50 lakh and the winner of the doubles prize of Rs 52 lakh. This time five big players from India are participating in it – PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and B Sai Praneet. The fifth seed Sindhu is India's top seed player.
Prakash Padukone won India's first title in 1980.
Prakash Padukone had given India the first win in the All England Badminton Championship in 1980. It is considered the first major victory of Indian badminton history. The victory of Prakash Padukone was eSPN placed third in the Top 10 Moments of Indian Sports History. After the victory, when Padukone returned to his hometown Bengaluru (then Bangalore), his grand roadshow was made. Padukone also said that "I was surprised, because then this kind of welcome was done only by the state guest."
India has not won any title since 18 years, it won in 2001
India has not won any title in the All England Badminton Championship for 18 years. Last time Pullela Gopichand won the men's singles title in 2001. PV Sindhu had reached the women's singles semi-final last year, where she had to face defeat. Before that, Saina Nehwal also lost in the women's singles finals in 2015.
There will be 155 matches in 5 days; 80 matches will be played on the first day
A total of 155 matches will be played in all five events in the 5-day tournament. Of these, 80 matches will be held on the first day, in which the round off-32 will be held. In the first match of India, Srikanth will face France's Brice Lavardez, face-off with Saina Praneet, Saina will face Sammy of Scotland's Christie Gilmore and Sindhu will face Sung Jong of Korea.