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07-14-2008, 11:54 AM #1
2008 Australian International (BWF Level 4 Tournament)
Received this news from Badminton Australia.
From July 22nd to 27th July, 2008, Ballarat Badminton Association will be hosting the biggest ever International Badminton Event to be held in Australia, outside the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
The 2008 KLRC Australian International and the Australian Junior International have attracted over 170 players from Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, Denmark, Japan, Philippines, England, Samoa, Chinese-Taipei, New Zealand, Scotland, Austria, Egypt, Mexico, India, Singapore as well as our very own Australian Olympic Team and Australian National Squad Members.
A great highlight of the event will be the return of Malaysia’s World Number 1 Mens Doubles pair of Cheah Soon Kit and Ong Beng Teong, who led Malaysia to a win in the Thomas Cup. Cheah Soon Kit also has an Olympic Silver Medal in his very impressive trophy cabinet!
The World’s number 16 Mixed Doubles pair from Chinese Taipei will also be competing, as well as Mens Singles world number 18, Sairul Ayob and number 23 Lee Tsuen Seng from Malaysia.
Venue: Ken Kay Badminton Centre, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Directions to the venue: Please find it in the attachment below
Tickets: Admission is free
Times of play are:
Tuesday 22nd July, 6.30pm: Australia’s Olympic Team v Malaysia’s KLRC All Stars
Thursday 24th July, 9:00am: Preliminary Rounds for the KLRC Australian International
Friday 25th July, 9:00am: Round of 32 and 16 for the KLRC Australian International and Preliminary Rounds for the Australian Junior International
Saturday 26th July, 10:00am: Quarter and Semi Finals
Sunday 27th July, 10:00am: Championship Finals
07-14-2008, 03:33 PM #2
^^Anyone in Australia covering this event??..^^
...chris@ccc are you going there to cover it for us??..oh, wait, you're in Melbourne, right?? and the tournament is held in....???...
07-14-2008, 04:09 PM #3
Ballarat, about an hr's drive from Melbourne I believe.
07-14-2008, 05:16 PM #4
..1 hr, i assume, without traffic??..
07-14-2008, 05:40 PM #5
I went to uni in Ballarat. It has a nice hghway all the way there from Melbourne. When I grew up it took much longer than 1 hour but now no problems. It's arguably the coldest city in Victoria. I had my 21st birthday there and it snowed. I can't believe I studied badminton as part of my teaching degree back in 1995 and failed the subject. I guess I just loved playing it, not studying it, lol.
It'd be a great event and it's good that it's free as it should attract quite a few onlookers.
07-14-2008, 07:11 PM #6
Ballarat is about one hour's drive from Melbourne
aZn_Popcorn and Timbuctoo are correct. Ballarat is about one hour's drive from Melbourne.
Unfortunately, because of my Badminton commitments in Melbourne, I won't be available to go to Ballarat to watch this event. It would be nice to watch Cheah Soon Kit and Ong Beng Teong playing in the Mens Doubles again. The last time I caught up with Cheah Soon Kit was when he came as the coach for the Malaysian team at the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne in 2006.
However, if I receive any news about what's happening in this tournament, I shall post them here in this thread.
07-14-2008, 07:55 PM #7
07-14-2008, 08:24 PM #8
07-14-2008, 08:27 PM #9
Speaking of Level 4 tournament..
..could someone refresh our memory on where its level falls on??..Is it the same as a 4 star tourney??...or both are 2 totally different things??..
07-14-2008, 08:52 PM #10
07-14-2008, 10:19 PM #11
I will get Stuart Gomez (Aus MS olympic representative) and Aji Sindoro Basuki..to provide some juicy news and pictures if possible...also Aji is in Melb as a sparring partner for Glenn and Ross Smith..and he will be playing as well....will give you update when possible
07-18-2008, 12:43 AM #12
arghgh ...am working.. i had signed pics from csk and obt when they won the thomas cup. i wish i could go.
07-18-2008, 04:58 AM #13
Cheah Soon Kit? Can he still run? Hehe...
07-22-2008, 01:29 AM #14
The last time I saw Cheah Soon Kit (in Singapore Open), he has gone a little prosperous ... It'll be interesting.
07-22-2008, 01:31 AM #15
All the MAS players there are from KLRC (who happens to be the sponsor also) so I guess Cheah wants to join in the fun instead of just coaching.
07-22-2008, 10:36 AM #16
07-22-2008, 10:55 AM #17
Cool... those guys must freezing...
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