December 13, 2011 | DNA

Badminton: Tata Open from tomorrow

The fourth edition of the Tata Open India International Challenge badminton tournament, is to be held from December 14 till 18 at the National Sports Club of India, (NSCI) here.

The tournament has been organised by Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA) under the auspices of Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA). It carries a prize money of $15,000.

Tata Open is part of the international circuit tournaments, which earn ranking points for players. Being the Olympic qualifying year, this tournament will play an important role for players as they can earn points and increase their world rankings and thus their chances to qualify for the London Olympic Games, scheduled to take place next summer.

Former All England champion, Padukone said, “Being the Olympic qualifying year and Tata Open being a part of this series, the event has attracted excellent response from international players. As a result of this, one can hope to witness exciting matches from the initial rounds itself. This event will also be a good opportunity for the Indian players to garner world ranking points as they can take advantage of the home conditions.”

It was observed by the organisers that the tournament was gaining momentum at the international circuit. Hence, they decided to raise the bar and open the gates for the international players. Ryan Tsai Ming Che of Chinese Taipei will be the referee of this tournament. The qualifying rounds of the tournament will be held on December 14 and the main draw will commence from December 15.