India to host first ever South Asian Regional Badminton Tournament
Guwahati, November 28 – Staying true to their vision of raising the profile of badminton in India and taking it to all parts of the country, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) have announced to host the first ever South Asian Regional Badminton Tournament from November 28. The 11-day long event will be played at the Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium will be a six-nation tournament including India, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Maldives. The tournament co-sanctioned by Badminton Asia Confederation and BAI will see young shuttlers (Youth – Under-19) fight it out in the mixed team event and well as in the Open Event (boys' and girls' singles and doubles (boys' and girls' doubles and mixed doubles). Each team will be represented by three male and three females players each and two officials.
“BAI association'smain aim to make the badminton the most followed and loved sport in the countryand we believe that the hosting more and more international tournaments in thecountry will for sure raise the profile of the sport,” Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarmasaid.“We in BAI believe that unique initiative like this will help not only hookmore and more people to the sport from the region. It will also provide thefans from the region an opportunity to catch high profile international matchesLive at home,” Mr. Omar Rashid, Hony. Secretary of Assam Badminton Associationsaid.
Apart from this,Guwahati will also host the 42nd Inter State-Inter Zonal JuniorBadminton Championship from December 12th-18th.