Take a break from the Ashes and watch some of the best players of Badminton in action at the YONEX Sunrise Badminton World championship, from 10th August to 16th August, at the Indoor Stadium. The matches start at 1pm everyday.
Players from China, Malaysia, Denmark, Korea, Honkong, India and Thailand are participating in the championship. The categories to be played are men's singles, men's doubles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles. An average of 52 matches will be played on 10th and 11th August, comprising all categories, from 1pm to 9pm. On the remaining days, there will be a face-off for the finals and the semi-finals. The finals will be played on 16th August, in all the categories.
Approximately 400 players from 50 countries will vie for top honors in 5 events at the YONEX-sunrise BWF World Championships, with World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, and China's Olympic and world champion Lin Dan, set to renew their rivalry in Hyderabad. Besides the duo, the other men's singles players to watch out for are Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat and Denmark's Peter Gade.
To unveil the tournament logo on the 10th August, the guests of honor will be K Durga Prasad (President, Andhra Pradesh Badminton Association), T G Venkatesh (Executive President, APBA), V Radha (Managing Director, Sports Authority Of Andhra Pradesh), D K Seth (Managing Director, Sunrise Sports Pvt. Ltd.), and India's highest ranked women's player Saina Nehwal (World No 7). Saina will also be presented with the Badminton World Federation's 2008 Most Promising Player of the Year award.
The BWF World Championships is held every year except for years of the Olympic Games. It is a showcase of the very best in the sport, and it determines the World Champions in each of the 5 disciplines - men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles.
The first World Championships was hosted in Malmo, Sweden, in 1977, and a Championship was held every 3 years until 1983, after which it became a biennial event. Since 2005 however, the BWF World Championships has become an annual tournament, being hosted every year except in the year of the Olympic Games. The BWF World Championships is an individual event, and each Member Association is invited to enter their players in the men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and the mixed doubles events. For each event, the 3rd place winner gets a bronze medal, the runner-up a silver, and the winner is awarded a gold medal and the title of 'World Champion'.
Tickets for the tournament are available online at www.ticketcounters.com. Please contact 2300-6340 for further details.