Schedule of KLRC NZ Open changed.

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  1. jhirata

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    The article about upcoming KLRC New Zealand Open 2008 :

    NZ Badminton tournament in jeopardy

    Sep 29, 2008

    The plight of New Zealand's major international badminton tournament, the US$50,000 World Grand Prix event to be held November 11-16 is in the balance after a shortfall of sponsorship has left the tournament floundering and on the edge of being cancelled.

    The KLRC tournament to be held at the North Shore Events Centre has been sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur Rackets Club for the past couple of years and has been held at the Auckland Badminton Centre where crowds have been at a sellout level and enthusiasm has been high.

    KLRC will still be one of the main sponsors but there is still a shortfall which has not been made up.

    Badminton New Zealand believed that despite a large player base in the country sponsorship for sports which were believed to be 'minor', wasn't forthcoming as a result of misunderstanding by the wider community.

    "Sports such as badminton are huge in New Zealand and around the world. Secondary school badminton in the greater Auckland area has a problem of not having enough courts. It's that popular. Badminton is the fastest growing sport in secondary schools and our playing numbers are up through Waikatere, North Harbour, Auckland and Waikato particular and it's not just Asian immigrants as is the perception," says Badminton New Zealand General Manager, Mike Kernaghan.

    Final countdown
    Badminton New Zealand has until approximately 5pm Tuesday 30th September to make a firm decision on whether the tournament should be cancelled or if a savior can come forward. The North Shore City Council has been at the forefront of trying to keep the tournament going, but other backers are not forthcoming.

    What has been hurting the governing body the most is that they have confirmed live television coverage to China, which would be a first for the sport.

    "Having live television into China is something very rarely achieved in New Zealand, in fact who knows when the last time a sporting event held in this country managed it.

    Badminton is probably the number one sport in China and it would be a great opportunity for New Zealand to profile itself or a New Zealand based company to do so. The event is also scheduled to be broadcast live in a number of other Asian nations including Malaysia and Indonesia.

    "It's a shame, but unless we get a late miracle it looks likely that an event which has been held and been successful the past four years could go by the wayside. The Badminton World Federation has granted us a licence, if the tournament was cancelled this year, I don't know if it would be so easy to get it back," says Kernaghan.

    Over the past few years the tournament has provided top-class badminton for New Zealand players, officials and spectators and has had television coverage in the country. Highly ranked players from around the world have competed in the event such as
    Olympic and Commonwealth Games medalists and top-five ranked competitors as well.

    Source: ONE Sport -- tvnz.co.nz
     
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    I do not think this NZ Open is sponsored by KLRC.
     
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    Really?
    Which channel?
     
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    We need to introduce more players to Badminton

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    Greetings,

    It is true that Badminton is being misunderstood by the wider community over here in Australia and New Zealand. It is a shame that we have not introduced Badminton to more players so that the wider community can understand how enjoyable Badminton can be.

    We need more Badminton clubs willing to welcome new players and willing to teach them how to play Badminton properly. Currently, most of our clubs here are for experienced players only. And this is bad.

    Even though Badminton is now introduced at schools, most school children are not welcomed at clubs. Badminton is also introduced by parents teaching their children how to play. This is done by parents having to hire their own courts. Parents could not bring their children to play with other club members during club sessions.

    It makes me angry every time I talk about this. Why can't Badminton clubs do more to introduce Badminton to new players? Why can't clubs share the enjoyment of playing Badminton with beginners?

    Badminton will always be misunderstood by the wider community if beginners find that they are not welcomed by clubs. We could have more sponsors if the wider community gets to understand how enjoyable playing Badminton can be.

    We now have less than 5 hours before we know whether this tournament is cancelled. :(:(:(

    Cheers... chris-ccc
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    Aaahaa! Thus the problem in sponsorship money... :eek:
     
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    Bridge Beyond, one of the largest badminton clubs in New Zealand has a solution to that. They have an afternoon session from 2pm~5pm for the younger juniors aged between 6~10, and an evening session from 7pm~9pm for the older juniors and adults.

    They also hire a good coach for the afternoon session for the juniors, so that they can have 'fun' drills ( i think it's more like hell ) and learn how to play properly.
     
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    Let's double the Population of Badminton players worldwide

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    It's great to know that Bridge Beyond is doing that. As we know, our experienced players are able to look after their Badminton needs, but not our beginners.

    And, let's promote Badminton by introducing it to more people who have never hit a shuttlecock before.

    If each of us were to introduce a new player to Badminton, then the population of Badminton players, worldwide, would be DOUBLED. :):):)
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