Top players to compete in Badminton Asia tilt

(L-R) Lee Chuek Yiu from Hong Kong, Anthony Sinisuka Ginting from Indonesia, Badminton Asia Chairman of Events Bambang Roedyanto, Badminton Asia Secretary General Moosa Nashki, Vice President of Philippine Badminton Association Jude Turcuato, Head Coach of Philippine National Badminton Team Rosman Razak, Smart Head of auf going to the market are Melvin Nubla, Mika De Guzman from the Philippines, Jewel Albo from the Philippines. handout photo.

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time, the Philippines will host a BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament, with the 2022 Smart Badminton Asia Championships scheduled to be held April 26-May 1 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.

Badminton Asia called the Philippines a deserving host after their successful hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games and Badminton Asia Team Championships 2020.

“The Philippines has hosted many badminton tournaments,” Badminton Asia Secretary-General Moosa Nashki said in a news conference Sunday at the Crimson Hotel in Alabang, Muntinlupa. “Three years ago they hosted the Southeast Asian Games, then two years ago they hosted the team championships. We were happy with the hosts, that’s why we wanted the Philippines.”

“This is the first time ever that the Philippines will host a BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament,” added Badminton Asia Chairman Bambang Roedyanto. “You will see that it is very tough and when you see the draw you will see very tough games right in the first round. You will see world and Olympic champions here.”

The event will be attended by World No. 2 Kento Momota of Japan, No. 5 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, No. 7 Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia, No. 8 Jonatan Christie of Indonesia, No. 9 Lakshya Sen of India, No. 10 Loh Kean Yew of Singapore , #11 Srikanth Kidambi from India and #14 Kanta Tsuneyama from Japan for the men’s side.

For women, world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan, No. 4 An Se-young of South Korea, No. 5 Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, No. 7 PV Sindhu of India, No. 9 He Bingjiao of China, the No. 9 He Bingjiao of China No. 10 Pornpawee Chochuwong and Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand and No. 13 Sayaka Takahashi of Japan will compete in the women’s singles.

There are also tournaments in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

“All the players here are tough, so I’m taking it game by game and trying to do my best,” said Ginting of Indonesia, a two-time gold medalist at the SEA Games.

Bringing the tournament into the country marks the start of things to come for the Philippine Badminton Association.

“We have a new mandate in the Philippine Badminton Association which is to bring the sport back to the same level it was 10 years ago and get our athletes to compete internationally. This is a good stepping stone for us to reintroduce badminton,” said federation vice-president Jude Turcuato.

“Smart is pleased to facilitate this type of competition in Manila. There are already many plans to bring more tournaments here. This is just a prelude to making badminton popular again because we believe the Filipino has the ability to become one of the top players in the world,” added Melvin Nubla, Head of Go-to-Market at Smart Communications. added.

The winners of the event will receive 12,000 BWF Ranking Points, while the runner-up will receive 10,200. Semifinalists receive 8,400 points, Quarterfinalists receive 6,600, Round of 16 finalists receive 4,800, and Round of 32 finishes receive 3,000.

Local Badminton Stars Ros Pedrosa and Jewel Albo in Men’s Singles; Jaja Andres and Mika De Guzman for women’s singles; and Lea Inlayo and Susmita Ramos for women’s doubles will have to go through the qualifying round on Tuesday before entering the tournament proper.

Meanwhile, men’s doubles pairs Christian Bernardo-Paul Pantig and Solomon Padiz-Julius Villabrile and mixed doubles pairs Padiz-Inlayo and Alvin Morada-Thea Pomar play in the main tournament.

This will be Team Philippines’ final preparation for the Hanoi SEA Games on May 12th.

“We managed to qualify for SEA Games prep so high-level players have the most success,” Albo said.

The brackets will be unveiled on Monday.

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