Mah: Ultra modern facilities for badminton matches

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Pune, Apr 20: The country now can boast of having the most ultra-modern facilities being created in hosting the badminton discipline, which is among the nine games to be competed, in the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) slated to be held at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City Mahalunge- Balewadi near here from October 12 to 18.

The third edition of the CYG which is being hosted in Asia for the first time have 175 days to go before the curtain goes up as a total 2000 sports persons from 75 countries will be vying for honour in the mega event offering a total of 359 medals. The nine events are athletic, boxing, badminton, table tennis, tennis, shooting, swimming, weightlifting and wrestling.

Addressing a meeting of the officials under the aegis of the Press Club, the Competition Director Girish Natu, who is an international referee, said a total of twelve courts as per the specification of the world controlling body, the Badminton World Federation (BWF), will be made available including four warm-up courts. Taking into consideration of the number of entries, only four courts will be used for the competition purpose, Mr Natu explained.

Mr Natu said with total air condition and wooden flooring and illumination up to 1500 lux, the facilities were even better than the Hyderabad complex.

On being asked about the number of entries, Mr Natu said till today 77 entries by number have been received from 21 countries, though the last date of acceptance of entries by name is 12th September 2008.

The competition will be conducted for men and women in singles and doubles categories.

The additional facilities included that of computerised scoring system, electronic and video score boards and running score display board.

Maharashtra Badminton Association (MBA) General Secretary Sunder Shetty said though the technical responsibilities have been entrusted to international technical officials, they will be assisted by the volunteers from the state and the Pune District and Metropolitan Badminton Association (PDBA).

The volunteers will be trained under experts before they take up the assignments, Mr Shetty elaborated.

The trained volunteers will also assist the Dope Control Commission in collection of the samples of the players, PDMBA secretary S V alias Anna Natu said.

The next presentation will be of swimming discipline to be held on April 26 at the Marathon Bhavan complex here.

Earlier, presentation of three disciplines namely athletics, weightlifting and boxing were carried out giving the relevant information.


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