Senior National Badminton ‘Count Down 75’ begins on Friday Mascot unveiling; Padma Bhushan Pullela Gopichand will be the guest of honour

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Pune, 08 December 2022: The countdown for the 84th Senior National Badminton Championship, jointly organised by Pune District & Metropolitan Badminton Association (PDMBA) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will commence at Natsamrat Nilu Phule Auditorium, Pimpri Chinchwad on Friday (Dec 9).
Indian badminton coach Padma Bhushan Pullela Gopichand and former national champion Manjusha Pavangadkar Kanwar will be the guest of honour on this occasion informed PDMBA secretary Ranjeet Natu.

 

Among other dignitaries, Badminton Association of India (BAI) treasurer and Maharashtra Badminton Association President Arun Lakhani, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Commissioner Shekhar Singh, Villoo Poonawala Foundation’s CEO Jaswinder Narang will be present.

 

“This prestigious tournament was held in the city in 1997 and after a gap of 25 years, we have received an opportunity to host the senior nationals. Also, PDBMA is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee this year, and as a part of the celebrations, we have organised a special event – ‘Count Down 75’. As Pullela Gopichand and Manjusha Pavangadkar Kanwar were the single champions in the nationals held in 1997 and share special memories with the city, we wanted them to be present for this occasion. They have accepted our invitation and will unveil the mascot on Friday,” said Natu.

 

On this occasion, four talented young players who are part of the Maharashtra under-13 team and their coach will also get felicitated by the chief guests.
Speaking about the tournament, Natu said, “All big names like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Lakshya Sen, Satvik Sairaj, Chirag Shetty, HS Prannoy and Srikanth Kidambi will be seen in action in this tournament. We are also expecting the medal winners in the recently held Commonwealth Games, Thomas Cup and World Championship to participate in this event and it will be a grand tournament for sure.”