Jamaican badminton players to match strides with foreign counterpartsTuesday, February 21, 2017
PLAYERS from eight overseas countries are expected to participate in the third staging of the Jamaica International Badminton Tournament scheduled for March 2-5 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston.
At a press launch at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) office yesterday, details of the meet were delivered by second vice-president of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA), Nichole Case.
As part of her delivery, she said the participating countries are Australia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, India, Denmark, Canada, Panama, and Barbados, along with hosts Jamaica.
Case said she is expecting local players to measure up to their foreign counterparts, with world-ranked Gareth Henry, All-Jamaica Senior men’s singles champion Dennis Coke, and Katherine Wynter, last year’s All-Jamaica women’s singles champion, to lead Jamaica’s charge.
She added that the overall prize money has been increased from US$5,000to US$10,000. Prize money will be presented to the top three in the men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
Guest speaker at yesterday’s launch, general manager of the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) Denzil Wilks, congratulated members of the JBA for undertaking the massive challenge of host an international tournament.
Along with the SDF, the Jamaica Tourist Board, LASCO Distributors Limited, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Pure National Ice Company, CARIMED Limited, Coldwell Banker, Fontana Pharmacy, Tastee Limited, Eshopoly.Com., Chad-Ad Distributors, Konnexx Services Limited, Jamaica Sport, Milex Security, Yonex and Badminton Pan Am Confederation.
— Gerald Reid
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