(From Tiebreaker Times)
November will be a busy month for the Philippine Badminton Association (PBA), as the federation will run two tournaments in a span of eight days.
The first tourney will be the MVP National Juniors Championships from November 10 to 14 at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati City. The tourney will feature shuttlers from the youth division ages nine to 17.
“Primarily, this is a program where we want to identify new talents. Kaya tayo may MVP National Juniors Championships,” said PBA secretary-general Christopher Quimpo in a press conference held at Choi Garden in San Juan City. “We want the kids to compete amongst the best in the country.”
For the seniors group, the PBA will be holding the 5th annual SMART National Open Badminton Tournament from November 14 to 17. The qualifying rounds will still be held at Powersmash, while the grand finale will be hosted by Ayala Malls, South Park on the 17th.
This tournament will help the PBA develop its pool of national team players and find potential new members.
“The SMART Open naman is to identify talent. We want to see the level of the current players and to see the potential players beyond the national team members,” added Quimpo.
“Yung programs na ito, maganda dahil nagfo-focus sa grassroots. These players will be our representatives and this will be a good test for them heading into the SEA Games. Yung kailangan natin ay magkaroon ng unforgettable tournaments,” opined head official Judith Brosula.
Headlining the stacked field for the men’s division are top-ranked players Lance Zafra and Solomon Padiz of Philippines Women’s University-JASMS for the singles division. The tandems of Ariel Magnaye-Alvin Morada and Joper Escueta-John Paul Pantig headline the men’s doubles tourney.
Backing the tournament organized by the Albee Benitez-led PBA are SMART, MVP Sports Foundation, Bali Pure, Victor Pcome Industrial Sales, LRWC, and J.Co Donuts. The two events are powered by Forthright Events & Sports Management, Inc.