Dubai shuttlers to get tips from Saina

Dubai shuttlers to get tips from Saina

A further 23 girls from four schools participated in the Emirati Badminton Challenge which ran concurrently.



Published: Tue 28 Apr 2015, 12:56 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:44 PM

Fifteen schools participated in the girls’ championships. — Supplied photo

Dubai — Badminton in Dubai took another big step forward on Saturday when 176 girls from 15 schools participated in the first Shuttle Time Dubai Girls’ Schools Championships at the Salah Addin Sports Hall, Al Mamzar.

A further 23 girls from four schools participated in the Emirati Badminton Challenge which ran concurrently. The six teams making it through to the finals in the three age divisions of under-13, under-15 and under-17, along with the top players from the Emirati Badminton Challenge, will now head to the championship finals on Wednesday, where they will also meet world number one Saina Nehwal of India. The finals, organised in conjunction with the Dubai Sports Council, will be held at the Sports Zone, Fitness First, The Meadows, from 9am to 1pm.

The girls’ teams will be joined by the six teams who qualified at the Boys’ Championships and Boys’ Emirati Badminton Challenge held on April 18. Participants in the Schools Championships will not only get the chance to meet Nehwal, but could also win tickets to December’s Dubai World Superseries Finals, coaching clinics with former world number one Peter Gade, as well as badminton kits.

Nehwal made history earlier this month when she became the first Indian player to take the top spot in the world rankings. While attending the Schools Championships in Dubai, Nehwal will also take part in a coaching clinic with the participating students, as well as signing autographs in a session open to the public from 12.30pm to 1pm.

 


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