Malaysia, India for Open

More than 500 players are expected to participate in the 35th edition of the India Club – Western Union Money Transfer UAE Open Badminton Tournament at the India Club from May 14 to June 8.

By Adur Pradeep

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Published: Tue 17 Apr 2012, 12:13 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:47 PM

“To encourage local talent, the tournament will be held in two phases this year. The first phase is the UAE Open for players from the UAE and GCC while the next phase is the Super League,” India Club chairman Ram Buxani told reporters during a Press conference at the Club on Sunday.

“The winners and runners-up of the UAE Open singles and doubles events will get a chance to play in the Super League with ranked players from India (4) and Malaysia (2),” he added.

“Last year, we had players from Qatar, Bahrain, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Oman, Singapore, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Denmark, Belgium and UK. As in the past, the tournament is expected to attract top players of different nationalities from the UAE and abroad.

“We have invited four Indian ranked players – including K Nandagopal (ranked 5 in India), Sumeeth Reddy (6), K Srikanth (11) and C. Rohit Yadav — from India. All the players are from the Gopichand Academy. We also have two players — Yogendran Krishnan and Yeoh Kay Bin from Malaysia,” Buxani said.

While giving details about the tournament, Sunil Singh, convener of sports, India Club, said: “The UAE Open will comprise of 14 categories. The Super League will have top two players from the UAE Open tournament, four ranked players from India and two ranked players from Malaysia. The top two teams will play the finals after playing round robin matches.”

“Last year we had 540 entries and a record number of 519 matches were played in various categories. The Super League matches will be played from May 5 to May 8. All the matches will be played in line with the Badminton World Federation rules and regulations,” he added.

“As part of our club’s drive towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), we are planning to conduct matches for special needs children and individuals under a separate pool. The categories will be based on the number of entries received. Initiations will be sent to various special needs institutes in Dubai for participation in the tourney. There will be no entry fees in this category and all participants will be awarded a token prize and certificate,” said Sunil Sawlani, vice-chairman of the club.

On week days, the matches will start from 7pm and from 10am onwards on Fridays, the organisers added. Cash prizes, trophies and gift hampers amounting to more than Dh50,000 will be the highlight of the tournament, sponsored by Western Union Money Transfer, who have been supporting the tourney as title sponsors for the past eight years.

Consolidated Shipping Group is the associate sponsor, while Khaleej Times and 106.2 Hum FM are the media partners. The other sponsors include Carrera Sunglasses and Swiss Arabian Perfumes Trading.

The last date for receiving entries will be May 4, the organisers said. The entry forms are available at the India Club reception (04-3371112) and also on the Club website: www.indiaclubdubai.com

pradeep@khaleejtimes.com

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