Australia was offering one million for the SSP but had to settle for an SS, yet till putting up 750K for it. Other than AE with the rich history on its side, the other hosts for SSPs are current badminton powers. It would be a little awkward to give an SSP to nation whose only recognizable face for badminton is a cutie for her looks but not her game.
While it's good to get something going in Australia, the big prize remains in the Americas. It is probably too late now, but BWF should still do something, with Rio Olympics coming up. Maybe securing some big names for a special test event in Brazil with rich prizes.
Just curious, who is the face of Australian badminton? Gabrielle Adcock or Gronya Somerville or somebody else?
Interestingly, Alan Budikusuma's favourite player now is Lin Dan though his sporting hero is Rudy Hartono (as expected). I remember reading P V Sindhu's (who appeared at the end of the video as the following week's subject) idol is also Lin Dan.
As for this AUS SS, I can understand BWF's consideration for not wanting it to be upgraded straight to Premier status but I really look forward to it becoming a commendable success and,hopefully, one day rise to Premier level as I am optimistic it would.
AuStralia will follow INA in term of money...during the meeting..AUS insisted to pair with INA premier as they hope any players come to in a will go to Australia as well as there are so many flights from Jakarta , Bali and Singapore to Sydney..then because of Asian games and Commonwealth games, Japan came along and we did ask Japan not to be in June and at that time Japan did not know that Australia will increase the prize money and now Japan SS is a bit worried ..
Few will do three SS in a row. Since Indonesia is mandatory, many will have to choose between Japan and Australia. Australia has money on its side. But Japan has Yonex.
Who is the title sponsor for Australia this year? It was Yonex last year so LCW showed up.
Still Yonex. Hasn't changed.
Having Australian Open upgrade from GPG to SS is definitely great for us spectators in Australia. But no quite so for the players - who need to travel a long way and made compulsory to play because of the title sponsors and top 10? players to be fined if they avoid the tournament.
It's a good move for us, but not quite sure it's going to be any more inviting for players to come (except for the prize money) and also Australia is yet to have a player with any kind of face or reputation in the game.