KOCHI: The Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the total prize money of the National Senior Badminton Championship has been enhanced to Rs 1crore compared to the Rs 10 lakh of previous years. "We will be increasing the prize money close to 1 crore from this year and the players will be getting prize money from the pre-quarters stage," Dr. Sarma announced.
It's unclear if there is no prize money for winning first two rounds in a draw of 128 and whether star players will play from the first round.
"Before coming to Kochi I had a meeting with all the senior players and they were willing to participate in the Nationals," said Dr Sarma. He said that the players demanded to provide international facilities and proper scheduling of matches during the Nationals to which he has agreed.