Patna: Top ranking shuttlers Rituparna Das, Ruthvika Shivani, Rohan Kapoor, Chirag Shetty will be seen in action in the 39th Inter-state, Inter-zonal and Junior National Badminton championship beginning on December 16 here.
Talking to reporters, Chairman of Bihar Badminton Association (BBA) and Vice-President of the Badminton Association India (BAI) Abdul Bari Siddique said about 550 shuttlers from 32 states and the Air India team will participate in the nine-day championship.
Siddiqui said matches for boys and girls will be played at two different venues - Patliputra Sports Complex and the Secretariat Sports Complex.
The qualifying matches would be held on December 16 and 17, while Inter-state and Inter-zonal matches will be held on December 18 and 19. The finals will be on December 24.
The boys' teams in the Inter-state and Inter-zonal Championship will be in contention for Narang Cup, while the girls teams in these categories will fight for Shafi Qureshi Cup.
A cash prize of Rs 5 lakh will be given to various winners, runners-up and other as per BAI norms, said tournament Organising Secretary K N Jaiswal.
The Bihar boys and girls team were also announced today. Shubham Singh, Amrish Kumar, Subham and Nitesh Kumar are in the boys team, while Anshumita Srivastava, Rishan Kumari, Priyansha Verma and Bibha Kumari are part of the girls squad.