Kochi: The newly constructed Sky Courts at the Rajeev Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra, were declared open on Sunday.
The participants of the Manorama World Senior Badminton Championships will train at the eight new courts built on top of the northern and southern galleries.
The Sky Courts were originally scheduled to open on Saturday, but was postponed after state sports minister A. C. Moideen expressed his inability to attend the inauguration.
The facility was inaugurated by Badminton Association of India president Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma after the opening of the World Senior Badminton Championships.
The eight sky courts, supported by huge iron pillars and built over the spectators’ stands, are a first of its kind in the country, said Venugopal Mahanlingam, technical expert, Badminton World Federation.
Matches to be played on Hova courts
The players taking part in the Manorama World Senior Badminton Championships will be battling it out on Hova mats imported from Japan.
These mats, made of synthetic rubber, will provide more grip and help players move better on the court, the organizers said. Each mat costs around Rs 12.5 lakh. Out of the 16 imported mats, four have been installed at the Sky Courts for training purposes.
All matches will be video-recorded to ensure accuracy in line calls. Apart from digital scoreboards at each court, a huge electronic screen, displaying live scores of matches taking place in all eight courts, has also been installed.