PV Sindhu
Sindhu is favourite to win the Women's singles titleJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

The 82nd Senior Nationals Badminton Championships, under the auspices of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), will be hosted by Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) in Nagpur from Thursday, November 2.

The Senior National Championship will be held after 25 years in the Orange City between November 2 and 8 at the Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur.

The total prize money announced by Badminton Association of India (BAI) for the event is Rs. 60 lakhs – the highest ever in the history of the Senior Nationals.

The preparation for the mega event is completed and the city is all geared up to welcome more than 450 players from 29 states and 2 union territories.

Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, President – BAI, in his vision and quest to make India a world superpower of badminton by the next Olympic Games, has ensured top player participation in the domestic circuit. The championship will see top Indian shuttlers like P.V. Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi, Ashwini Ponnappa, HS Prannoy and Ajay Jayaram battle it out to gain top billing.

Below are the prize money details announced by BAI.

Mens & Womens Singles Doubles Pair Team Events
Pre Quarter Finalists Rs. 50,000/- Quarter Finalists Rs. 75,000/- Semi Finalists Rs. 1,00,000/-
Quarter Finalists Rs. 75,000/- Semi Finalists Rs. 1,00,000/- Runner Up Rs. 3,00,000/-
Semi Finalists Rs. 1,00,000/- Runner Up Rs. 1,50,000/- Champions Rs. 5,00,000/-
Runner Up Rs. 1,50,000/- Winner Rs. 2,00,000/- - -
Winner Rs. 2,00,000/- - - -

How to follow matches on TV, Radio

The Championship will be broadcasted live on Doordarshan and All India Radio.

Mr. Arun Lakhani, President, Maharashtra Badminton Association said, "We are delighted to be hosting the 82nd Senior Nationals Badminton Championship in Nagpur and thank BAI President Dr. Sarma, for bestowing this honor to us. The Orange City is all set for badminton's biggest annual event and it's a huge opportunity for fans to watch their favorite players in action."

Kidambi Srikanth
Srikanth will be a popular figure in Nagpur over the next few daysANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

"Many Indian players in top 50 of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings will be participating. The Mankapur Sports Complex is ready for this mega event as we want the fans and the players to have a first-of-its-kind world class experience. With 5 events (Men's & Women's Singles, Men's & Women's Doubles and Mix Doubles) and team championship, I am sure this will be a treat to watch", he added

The Maharashtra Badminton Association will also felicitate two veterans Mr. Pradeep Gande and Mr. C D. Deoras for their immense contribution in the field of badminton in the state of Maharashtra.

The players who have got direct entry into the pre quarter finals and quarter finals are

Direct entry into pre quarter Finals
Men's Singles Women's Singles
Kidambi Srikanth Pusarla V. Sindhu
Prannoy H. S. Saina Nehwal
Sai Praneeth B. Rituparna DAS
Sameer Verma Anura Prabhudesai
Ajay Jayaram -
Sourabh Verma -
Danial Farid --
Parupalli Kashyap -
Direct entry into quarter finals
Men's Doubles Women's Doubles Mixed Doubles
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty Ashwini Ponnappa / Rddy N. Sikki Pranaav Jerry Chopra / Reddy N. Sikki
Manu Attri / Reddy B. Sumeeth Sanjana Santosh / Arathi Sara Sunil Reddy B. Sumeeth / Ashwini Ponnappa
Arjun M.R./ Ramchandran Shlok Jakkampudi Meghana / S Ram Poorvisha Top Pair from latest BAI ranking
Top Pair from latest BAI ranking Top Pair from latest BAI ranking Second Top Pair from latest BAI ranking

The rousing action will kick-start on 2nd November, 2017 with an extravagant Opening Ceremony and the Grand Finale will take place on 8th November, 2017.

From 2nd of November till the finals 22,000 school kids from Nagpur will also witness the actions live in the Divisional sports complex.

While Indian badminton players are engraving their names across the world, the Senior National Championship will bring together India's top badminton players wherein they will showcase high-class action in front of sports lovers.