Sachin Tendulkar bats for Badminton
Bengaluru, December 8, 2016: Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar is now venturing into Badminton as co-owner of Premier Badminton League franchise – “Bengaluru Blasters” (formerly known as Bengaluru TopGuns) along with Chiranjeevi, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Nimmagadda Prasad & Allu Aravind. This is the second venture of the consortium that owns Kerala Blasters (part of Indian Super League). The new management team unveiled the logo and plans to catapult Bengaluru Blasters as one of the top teams in the upcoming Premier Badminton League 2017 season.
Speaking on the occasion, Sachin Tendulkar said, “Badminton is my favourite sport and this is a great opportunity for me to be more involved with the promotion of Badminton. Given the recent wave of success for India in Badminton globally, I think it is the right time to help grow the sport exponentially. Badminton is the epitome of fitness, flexibility, agility and skill and its adoption will contribute to India’s path to fitness. I’m excited to be part of Bengaluru Blasters team and wish them the very best for the upcoming season.”
Chiranjeevi, Popular Film Actor stated, “As co-owner of Bengaluru Blasters, I’m excited about the potential of Badminton as a sport in India. It is a fast-paced game and offers excitement for youth across the country. We need to put in all our combined resources to develop this game to higher levels.
Akkineni Nagarjuna, Actor, commented, “I’m so thrilled to be part of this superbly talented team. While many people think football and cricket are mass favourites – I can bet with everyone that each one of you will have a Badminton racket and shuttle at home. So it is now about making our talent in India bigger and brighter. And that is exactly what we are planning to do here with Bengaluru Blasters. Make it the brightest, spunkiest team ever and inspire millions of youth to take Badminton to the next level.
Allu Arjun, Actor said, “I’m proud to be associated with such legends in co-ownership of Bengaluru Blasters. We have put together an extremely talented team and I’m extremely confident that Bengaluru Blasters will be one of the most thrilling teams to watch in the upcoming PBL series in January 2017.”
Nimmagadda Prasad, Co-owner, Bengaluru Blasters stated, “I’m a big fan of Badminton and feel privileged to have such a talented team in Bengaluru Blasters. We are focusing all our resources to make this team as India’s leading Badminton team.
From being only owners of Kerala Blasters, we are diversifying our product portfolio by venturing into Badminton – given the long-term potential of the sport. We will continue to invest in high quality sports verticals to develop a comprehensive platform for talented youth”.
Team Bengaluru Blasters:
Viktor Axelsen (WR 4 in men’s singles,Denmark) –Bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, 2016 European Championships, 2014 Swiss Open
Boonsak Ponsana (WR 36 in men’s singles,Thailand) –2007 and 2012 Singapore Open Superseries, 2008 India Open
Sourabh Verma (WR 43 in men’s singles, India) – 2016 ChineseTaipei Masters
Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (WR 12 in women’ssingles, Thailand) – 2011 India Open, 2012 Vietnam Open
Ruthvika Shivani Gadde (WR 49 in women’ssingles, India) –2016 South Asian Games gold, 2016 Russian Open
Pranaav Jerry Chopra (WR 18 in mixed doubles,India) –2016 Brazil Open, 2016 Russian Open in mixed doubles
Sikki Reddy (WR 18 in mixed doubles, India)– 2016 Brazil Open,2016 Russian Open in mixed doubles
Ashwini Ponnappa (WR 25 in women’s doubles,India) –2016 South Asian Games gold, 2010 Commonwealth Games gold, 2014 CommonwealthGames silver, 2011 World Championships bronze medal, 2015 Canada Open inwomen’s doubles
Ko Sung Hyun (WR 1 in mixed doubles,Korea) – 2016 Korea Open, 2016 Singapore Open, 2016 German Open, 2015 ChineseTaipei Masters, 2015 Denmark Open, 2015 French Open, 2015 Korea Masters, 2014Australian Open Superseries, 2010 World Championships bronze medal inmixed doubles
Yoo Yeon Seong (Was ranked No. 1 in men’sdoubles this year, Korea) – 2016 and 2014 Indonesia Open, 2016 Korea Open,2016 China Masters, 2015, 2013 and 2010 Hong Kong Open, 2015 Korea Open, 2015French Open, 2014 and 2015 Australian Open, 2014 and 2015 Japan Open, 2014 and2013 China Open, 2014 and 2011 Korea Grand Prix, 2012, 2013 and 2015 DenmarkOpen, 2013 Thailand Open, 2011 Chinese Taipei Open, 2011 Swiss GPG, 2010 MacauOpen, 2010 Swiss Super Series in men’s doubles