Ex-badminton champs at Sri Lanka Masters | Sunday Observer

Ex-badminton champs at Sri Lanka Masters

Tournament Director Ajith Wijayasinghe (centre) addressing the media. Also in the picture are, (from left) Clarence Homer (Secretary CMBA), Rohan de Silva (President CMBA), Sanjeeva Wijesekera (Officer in Charge of Umpires) and Trevor Reckerman (Deputy Tournament Director)
Tournament Director Ajith Wijayasinghe (centre) addressing the media. Also in the picture are, (from left) Clarence Homer (Secretary CMBA), Rohan de Silva (President CMBA), Sanjeeva Wijesekera (Officer in Charge of Umpires) and Trevor Reckerman (Deputy Tournament Director)

Former shuttle champions from India, China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Macau, Nepal, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia will be in action in Sri Lanka at the Masters Badminton Championship from November 26 to 28 at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.

All arrangements for the record breaking event where 271 senior shuttlers will be competing for supremacy in seven age categories, have been finalized by the organizers Ceylon Masters Badminton Association.

The Sri Lanka contingent will comprise 187 competitors for all categories according to Ajith Wijayasinghe the Tournament Director at a media briefing on Wednesday in Colombo.

“The highest number of entries have come from India and they are sure to pose a challenge to other shuttlers during the championship,” said Wijayasinghe.

All matches will be played on a knock-out basis and the duration of games will three sets following the rules stipulated by the World Badminton Federation (WBF). The draw will take place on November 20 at McLarens Group building.

Matches will commence at 10.00 a.m. on the first two days and continue till 10 p.m. in 6 courts. Finals will be played on the last day November 28 and the organizers plan to conclude the Championship and the Award ceremony by 3.00 p.m.

The Co-Founders of CMB 2018, International Masters Veterans Rohan de Silva and Clarence Homer along with a high-powered Organizing Committee have left no stone un-turned to follow International Standards. The Tournament Director and International Referee Ajith Wijayasinghe along with his team will be at the helm to ensure that the matches are conducted to BWF standards.

The winners will be presented with medals and cash prizes while the runners-up are to receive certificates with the sponsors contributing in a big way according to the organisers.

Sponsors of the championship are Mobil, 3M, Rovin Creative Services and Victor & Heladiv have teamed up to make the event a glittering one while the Sri Lanka Gem Corporation has come forward to offer all participants a precious gemstone as an event souvenir according to the organisers.

All medical facilities for participants will be provided at the venue and at Nawaloka Hospital if required within the duration of the tournament.

Entrance for all badminton enthusiasts will be free.

CMBA also intends to launch an International Standard Badminton Academy in the near future, designed to create an elite contingent of budding badminton players.

The Minister of Sports and Army Commander Lt. General Mahesh Senanayake and other dignitaries are expected to grace the event on the final day of the Championship.

 

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