Bengaluru, June 29: India is not new to age fraud scandals in the sporting world. Over the years, it has become a growing concern and recently the All India Sub Junior Under-13 ranking badminton tournament was hit with the age old controversy.
The scandal once again came to the forefront at the sub junior badminton even held in Hyderabad from June 19 to 25. As per several reports, it has been revealed that almost fifty percent of the total participants at the sub-junior tournament were over age.
Indian badminton has been touching great heights and the age fraud scandal hit the Indian badminton fraternity hard. As per reports the matter has escalated and reached the top officials of the BAI.
As reported in Deccan Herald, a coach of Khelo India educational academy alleged that not only were the players overage, but they were way over the age limit, by six months or more.
As reported in DH, the coach said, "There are many gamers who're overage, and not by six months or so, however by lots. Greater than 60 per cent of the participants are overage."
The coach further added, "In fact birth certificates fudging is there however many are playing after submitting medical certificates, rather than birth certificates, to the BAI (Badminton Association of India)."
As per further reports the Age Fraud Committee of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) wanted raise the issue with the National Sports Federation and had written to the leadership of NSF, notifying them of the age fraud cases during the ranking tournament.
From the event 396 players are under scrutiny. Out of the 232 male players 43 took part in the event with medical certificates. Meanwhile, out of the 164 female players, 21 took part with medical certificates.
As per rules a participant can play for 12 months without submitting genuine certificates. The medical certificates submitted have been proven inaccurate.