Badminton champions from across the world, including Japan, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam will compete at the Infosys Foundation International Challenge 2023 badminton tournament. Supported by Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of Infosys (NSE, BSE, NYSE: INFY), and held under the auspices of the Karnataka Badminton Association (KBA) the tournament will be held from October 24th – 29th, 2023.
The 15th edition of this prestigious world badminton tournament, which will see the participation of over 450 ace shuttlers from 13 countries, carries a prize purse of US$ 25,000.
The event is organized by the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) at the world-class, state-of-the-art multi-sports campus, Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence in Bengaluru under the aegis of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), Badminton Asia Confederation (BAC) and the Badminton Association of India (BAI).
The qualifying rounds of the tournament will be held on October 24th & 25th, 2023 followed by the Main Draw rounds from October 26th to 29th, 2023. The finals are scheduled to be held on October 29th, 2023. The tournament will see shuttlers compete in all 5 formats of the game, including Men’s and Women’s Singles, Men’s and Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. Vickneswaran Nakar Salapan from Malaysia has been nominated by the BWF/BAC as the referee for the 2023 edition.
Sai Praneet of India and Duc Phat Le of Vietnam (in the Men’s Singles), and Ashmita Chalia and Tanya Hemanth of India (in the Women’s Singles), are the top 2 seeds in their respective categories.
Commenting on the event, P. Rajesh, Hon. Secretary of KBA said, “We are excited and look forward to hosting this prestigious annual event in Bengaluru, Karnataka. I have no doubt that this will give a tremendous fillip to the game in our State, and look forward to a keenly contested competition.”
Sumit Virmani, Trustee, Infosys Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to support the Infosys Foundation India International Challenge 2023 badminton tournament. This annual event provides a platform to shuttlers across the world to showcase their skills and inspire a new generation of badminton enthusiasts in India. Infosys Foundation believes in the power of sports to bring people together, promote healthy competition, and foster teamwork. This collaboration with PPBA is an integral part of our efforts to promote long-term excellence in sports across the country.”
Prakash Padukone, Co-Founder, PPBA, said, “The 15th edition of the Infosys Foundation India International Challenge tournament offers a great platform for our upcoming players to gain exposure and hone their skills and earn invaluable international ranking points.”
About Infosys Foundation:
Established in 1996, the Infosys Foundation supports programs in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, women empowerment, arts and culture, and destitute care. Its mission is to work with the underprivileged across the country and strive towards a more equitable society. The Infosys Foundation takes pride in working with all sections of society, selecting projects with infinite care, and working in areas that are traditionally overlooked by society at large.
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About Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy:
PPBA has been dedicated to the cause of furthering the growth of Indian badminton since its inception more than 25 years ago in 1994. Located in Bengaluru, the Academy is the brainchild of Mr. Prakash Padukone, Mr. Vimal Kumar and Mr. Vivek Kumar – all stalwarts of Indian Badminton. PPBA is India’s premier trailblazing badminton coaching academy that has groomed successive generations of top notch mens and womens talent in the country since its inception. Presently, the Academy is located at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence in Yelahanka, Bengaluru. For more information, please visit our website: www.ppba.in
PPBA: Manjesh – +91 98452 70715
Infosys: Rishi Basu