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Pune, 27th July:The Badminton enthusiasts of Pune is all set to watch on-court battle by future prodigies, as PNB MetLifeIndia Insurance Company Limited (PNB MetLife), among the top 10 private life insurance companies in India (fiscal 2019, Source: CRISIL), launchesthe PNB MetLifeJunior Badminton Championship (JBC) – Season 5one of the biggest national open Badminton tournament in the city. Officially inaugurated by P.V. Sindhu, the Olympic medallist and the brand ambassador of PNB MetLife and U. Vimal Kumar, National badminton champion and coach, in Hyderabadduring 4th July, Pune is the 3rd city of this year’s JBC tournament, which is scheduled to be held across 10 cities of India.

As a part of the Company’s commitment to take Badminton to grassroots, this year JBC reaches a notch higher with the launch of JBC Boot Camp, a customized YouTube channel to aide budding Badminton enthusiasts, that hosts sessions from stalwarts like P.V. Sindhu, U. Vimal Kumar, Vijay Lancy, Anup Sridhar and many more. The Tutorials can be viewed on YouTube/PNB MetLife JBC Boot Camp.

The JBC tournament at Pune was inaugurated byMangesh Kashikar, Secretary Events- Maharashtra Badminton Association; Nikhil Kanitkar, Former Olympic Player; Girish Natu, Technical Director- Badminton Association of India and Ranjit Natu, Hon Secretary, Pune Badminton Association. 1200+ young shuttlers from the city have registered for participating in the tournament.

The fifth edition JBCtournaments are being hosted in 10 cities – Chandigarh,Mumbai, Pune, Kochi, Bangalore, Lucknow,Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Guwahati and New Delhi. The matches will be played in four age categories – Under-9, 11, 13,15 and 17 for boys and girls. The top two kids from each category from every city tournament will proceed to the national finale in New Delhi where they will get a chance to be felicitated with the National Title by P.V. Sindhu.

Nipun Kaushal, Chief Marketing Officer, PNB MetLife said,“During the last edition of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton Championship, we were able to reach out to 8000+ budding badminton enthusiasts from across the country. In the fifth edition, we aspire to take this to the next level and create a deeper impact at all levels and touch lives of many more aspiring shuttlers. Aligned to this agenda, we have recently launched the JBC Boot Camp, where the badminton aspirants from across the country will get a chance to learn from the stalwarts about the techniques of the game, mental ability, fitness, nourishment and so on.”

With an aim to create a sustainable social impact, Junior Badminton Championship is also associated with CRY (Child Rights and You), as a CSR partner. Over the past four years as a part of its CSR initiative, PNB MetLife has been providing annual scholarships to the underprivileged children across India for coaching and training. This year already 100 underprivileged children have been trained for the JBC – Season 5, out of which 32 children will be awarded an annual scholarship to pursue Badminton as a sport.

The complete tournament schedule:


S.No Cities Event Dates
1 Chandigarh July 9 – 12, 2019
2 Mumbai July 21 – 25, 2019
3 Pune July 27 – 31, 2019
4 Kochi Aug 2 – 5, 2019
5 Bangalore Aug 7 – 11, 2019
6 Guwahati Aug 10 – 13, 2019
7 Ahmedabad Aug 19 – 22, 2019
8 Hyderabad Aug 24 – 28, 2019
9 Lucknow Aug 30 – Sept 1, 2019
10 Delhi Sept 3 – 7, 2019
11 Grand Finale – Delhi Sept 9 – 10, 2019