Guwahati, Feb. 10:
Top Indian shuttlers, including the celebrated duo of P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, will be in action when the sprawling Assamese city hosts the 83rd Senior National Badminton Championships from February 12.
This is the first time the prestigious Nationals is returning to the North-East since Guwahati last hosted it in 2010.
The Rs 50 lakh badminton extravaganza will kick start with the 74th Inter State-Zonals scheduled to be held from February 10 to 11. It will be followed by the individual competition from February 12, the draw of which will be conducted on Monday.
The top 8 players, ranked below 50 in the BWF World Rankings in both men’s and women’s singles, will start directly from the pre-quarter-finals on completion of the Super Draw on February 14.
In doubles, the top 4 teams within the top 50 will be placed in the quarter-finals. The singles draw will have 16 seeds while the maximum number of seeds in the doubles section will be eight.
Defending champion Saina and last edition’s runner-up Sindhu will be the biggest attractions on the women’s side.