The Premier Badminton League 2020 semi-finals and the finals have been shifted to Hyderabad as the Karnataka State sports authorities have declined to provide Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.
Atul Pande, Chairman SportzLive, the PBL organizers, has confirmed to InsideSport.co that the semi-finals and the finals of the PBL 2020 will now be played at Hyderabad. “The State authorities have decided to host under-14 Olympics at the venue (Sree Kanteerava Stadium). Since there is no other adequate facility available in the city we are compelled to move to Hyderabad,” said Pande.
“People in Bengaluru traditionally love badminton. PBL has always attracted full house at the Kanteerava Stadium. The fans will obviously be disappointed.”
The semi-finals in Bengaluru were to be played on February 7 and 8 and the final tie was slated for the 9th. Even as the venue is shifted to Hyderabad, there is no change in the PBL 2020 schedule.
Bengaluru franchisees owners had expressed their inability to host the final and semi-finals of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2020. Bengaluru Raptors have cited “unavailability” of a venue as the reason while declining to host the knockout games, adds PTI.
The frustrated franchisee has accused the State sports authority officials, who are the administrative authority of Sri Kanteerava Stadium, of sabotaging the interest of the game.
In a series of tweets, Bengaluru Raptors made it clear that due to the unavailability of the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, they might not be able to host the scheduled matches.
“Dear badminton players and Bengaluru Raptors fans, unfortunately it looks like this year we may not be able to have the Premier Badminton League finals in Namma Bengaluru. We have been requesting availability of Kanteerava stadium for several months now,” the franchise wrote on their twitter handle.
They blamed it on some officials at the Kanteerava, who, the franchise alleged, were “doing their very best to sabotage this event from happening”.
The upcoming edition of the PBL is scheduled to start on January 20 when reigning world champion PV Sindhu’s team Hyderabad Hunters faces Chennai Superstarz in Chennai.
A total of 24 ties will be played in 21 days in four different cities.
“It’s a real shame that badminton fans in the city are going to be deprived of this opportunity to watch the best players in the world – Sindhu and Tai Tzu play. We have written to the Chief Minister’s office requesting their intervention and help resolve this issue,” the Raptors tweeted.
After the first leg in Chennai, the league will move to Lucknow on January 25, followed by Hyderabad, with Bangalore then being the host for the semi-finals and the finals on February 9.