A total of 12 matches were played yesterday during the opening of the badminton open championship at the youth development fund yesterday.
Participants ranging between 15 to 50 years old are participating in four categories of the championship. There are 20 men and nine women in the singles category; 16 teams in men’s doubles and another 16 teams in mixed doubles.
Organised together by Woezer events management and the Bhutan badminton federation (BBF), the championship is the first to be organised by a private firm. BBF provided technical assistance such as the halls and equipment.
All participants paid an entry fee of Nu 500 for the singles category and Nu 1,000 for the doubles. The winners will take home a refrigerator each and the runners up, a 21” television set. The finals will be played on January 13.
Woezer events management has a package of 15 events, called CARE (collection of adaptable and reachable events) this year and the badminton championship is the first program for this year.
An official of the management said the objective of CARE is to bring potential customers and companies in one arena. Other programs such as basketball tournaments, inter-school debate competitions, dance competitions, women’s khuru tournament and tree plantation would be held throughout the year.
By Sonam Choden