Smash That - The Shuttlers’ Showdown
Andrew Jose Ignatius Milton | Mar 14, 2016
Badminton is one of the fastest sports played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. It has been revitalized with renewed interest among Indians after Saina Nehwal won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics in Badminton.
The event Smash That was a badminton tournament coordinated by Shivam Chandra and Siddharth Pujari. The rules followed were that of the latest rules of The Badminton World Federation (BWF). The event saw a fairly large amount of participation with eight teams registering, five teams from NITR and three from outside, including NIT Jalandhar and the St.Pauls School team from Rourkela.
The event occurred on 12-13th March from 10:00am to 4:00pm on both days in the indoor court built in G.D.Birla hall of Residence. The eight teams were divided into two pools, with the winner of each pool being selected for the finals.
The finals were a neck to neck fight between the NITR A team and St. Pauls since the both of them had faced each other in league matches where the NITR team won in 4 games. The final match turned out to be a nail biting and intense one which went upto a 5th game until the third set. Finally the experience of the NITR players gave them the edge required to secure a win, winning the tournament. The NITR B team came in third. Cash prizes and goodies were awarded to the top three teams sponsored by Area 51 and some alumni.