Friday, 23 February 2018

Badminton: Thomas and Uber Cups Africa qualifier begins today

By Kenneth O. ADADE, Accra
The 2018 badminton Africa individual championship and the Thomas and Uber Cups qualification tournament begin today at Salle OMS Hacène Harcha Arena, in Algiers, Algeria.

The two competitions, which would be held concurrently, would serve as a qualification tournament to the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cups, to be held in May this year at Bangkok, Thailand.
Ghana’s national badminton team, Black Shutters would be participating in the competition. The team is made up of eight players and three officials, led by the president of the Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG), Evans Yeboah.
The male players are Emmanuel Donkor, Daniel Sam, Abraham Ayittey and Michael Opoku Baah while Grace Atipaka, Stella Amasah, Gifty Mensah and Eyram Migbodzi represent the female team.
BAG president told The Finder that the tournament will help his players prepare better for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held in April at Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.
The tournament will be played on a knock-out system and in full accordance with the general competition regulations of the BWF and theinstructions of Badminton Confederation Africa.
Events to be competed are men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles andmixed doubles. The championships would end on Sunday, February 18, 2018.
The Thomas Cup or World Men’s Team Championships was first staged in 1948-49, and the Uber Cup or Women’s World Team Championships was added for the first time in 1956-7.
When it was first started, the Thomas Cup took place every three years, and this was the sports first major international tournament. The idea for the competition and the donation of the trophy was made by the first president of the world governing body, Sir George Thomas, legendary player (21 All England Championship titles) and administrator of the sport.

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