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LOCOG Test Events for London 2012 - BWF World Badminton Championships: Day One

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In the final leg of the much anticipated ‘Shuttle Express’, which was inaugurated by Badminton stalwart , Ashwini Ponappa, in Mumbai, there were students, both girls and boys in singles category, battling it out for a winning spot today at the Jamnabai Narsee School. The final day of the Mumbai leg included cut-throat matches between 8 participants from U16 Boys and Girls respectively across schools from Mumbai.

The action packed race for the top spots started with the quarter-finals which were followed by semi-finals and finals on Thursday. The winner from the Mumbai leg will battle it out with the winners from other franchise cities in the National Finals to be held next month.

The list of winners for Shuttle Express:

  Name
Boys
         Winner Sai Dinesh Reddy (OLPS)
       Runner Up Akshan Shetty (Thakur Vidyalay Mandir
Girls
          Winner Simran Singhi (Ryan International School)
       Runner Up Smit Toshniwal (Wisdom International School)

“Shuttle Express” Mumbai leg was played in partnership with “IBL School Partners” – Jamnabai Narsee School. The ‘Shuttle Express’ will offer an incentive of Rs 10 lakh in prize money to the National winners in both the boys and girls singles events. Besides, the finalists in both the singles categories will also be given an opportunity to train at the world-class Pullela Gopichand Academy.

The path-breaking Indian Badminton League will be held in six cities from August 14-31. The richest badminton league in the world will feature almost all the top-50 players in the world and will be played under the Sudirman Cup format and televised LIVE to more than 100 countries.