China Opts Out Of Inaugural IPL-Inspired Indian Badminton League Starting Aug. 14
Organizers said on Monday that China will not take part in the inaugural Indian Badminton League next month, "taking much of the sheen off the million-dollar event," according to the AFP. The IBL, inspired by the Indian Premier League, is due to be held from Aug. 14-31 and "features six city-based franchises sold to businesses and individuals." The IBL "failed to attract Chinese and Korean players despite being touted as badminton’s richest event." An organizer said, "The Chinese will not be coming this year mainly because the IBL clashes with their national games" (AFP, 7/22).