The Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG) has fixed the start of the 2016 National Badminton Open tournament for July 27 at the Ghana Ports and Habour Authority Sports facility in Tema.
The three-day event (July 27-30) is aimed at widening the national talent development team and to select badminton players for the Veterans World Championship, as well as build a solid national team towards the African and Commonwealth Games.
It is expected to draw 239 players aged between nine and 66 from all regional clubs.
Participating clubs include Accra badminton Club, Akim-Tafo badminton Club, UCC Badminton Club, GPHA Tema Badminton Club, GPHA Takoradi Badminton Club, Ho Badminton Club, Wa Badminton Club, KNUST Badminton Club, Kumasi Badminton Club, Lekma Badminton Club, Suhum Badminton Club, Takoradi Badminton Club and Winneba Badminton Club.
Mr Nestor Galley, President of BAG, said through global partnership with the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the association was bringing the sport back to its status as a fun and family sport.
‘‘We are working with educational Institutions and organisations for the badminton tournament and also to give Ghanaians an opportunity to engage with friends and families in a competitive, yet fun environment,” he said.
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This year’s tournament is being sponsored by Oman Fofor, Blue Skies, and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.