Kochi: The Indian badminton fans, who are yet to forget the thrills of the recent World Badminton Championship in Glasgow, are getting a golden chance to witness an international tournament in Kochi. It is a rare chance to watch all those big stars in the sport who mesmerized the world badminton courts with their thunderous smashes and lightning reflexes.
The Manorama World Senior Badminton Championships will begin at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Kadavanthra, on September 11. Six hundred and sixty five players will be seen in action in 850 matches across 12 courts in the week-long spectacle in Kochi.
Badminton is one of the rare sports which can preserve its talent long, irrespective of the age of the player. Lin Dan, the Chinese superstar is 33, while three-time Olympic silver medalist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia is 34. So the competition in the plus-35 category will be intense.
The championships is divided in to eight age groups - plus-35, plus- 40, plus-45, plus-50, plus-55, plus-60, plus-65 and plus-70 . Competitions will be held in men’s and women’s singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events.
Ace shuttlers, who proved their might at the international level, are coming to Kochi to wield the rackets. Once they scorched the badminton courts in World Championships and Super Series events. And now, they are all set to fire up the eternal fighting spirits, in the jersey of 'seniors'.
The Masters Championships is one of the seven World Championships conducted by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Asia has hosted the tournament twice in the past - at Kuala Lumpur in 2004 and at Chinese Taipei in 2007. The gold, silver and bronze medals for the winners are also presented by the BWF. Besides ace players, top officials would also be coming to Kochi for the mega event. Badminton Federation of India and the Kerala Badminton Association are also associating with the tournament.
Logo and the hopes of Kerala
The logo of the championships symbolizes the aspirations of Kerala in the international badminton circle. The green stands for the natural bounty of the state and the blue its beautiful backwaters.
Those who are interested to sponsor the championships and set up stalls near the exhibition venue, may contact 0481-6452029 from 9.30 am to 6 pm.