National Ranking Badminton Championship under the ages of Sarhad Ruler Support Program in the District Sports Complex Makan Bagh, Swat in November this year.
This was stated by Secretary KP Badminton Association Haji Amjad Khan while addressing Sports Forum Program of KP Sports Writers Association here at Media Center, Qayyum Sports Complex on Tuesday.
Flanked by international player Mian Sadaqat Shah, who recently represented Pakistan in the World Badminton Championship held in Canada and got third position out of 23 participating countries, Amjad said that Badminton in KP got great boost in the last four five years.
He disclosed that Murad Ali hailing from KP become National Championship while another promising player Hamza Ibrahim got the honor of winning the title of National Junior Championship played in Karachi.
So we have the National Senior and National Junior Champions, both from KP, which clearly highlight our efforts being put by the association for the promotion of badminton in KP in particular and Pakistan in general, he added.
From the last four years, our boys and girls have the honor of winning the U-16 (girls) and U-17 (boys) title by ending Punjab’s dominance in the games, he maintained.
Winning these titles after a drought of 24-long-years, was actually tell our efforts behind it, he said. He said there is no dearth of talent but lack of facilities and rapid increase in the sports gears compelled the youngsters to left out. He said the price of one dozen shuttle cost Rs. 2600 and racket price increased to Rs. 5000 but now after an historical signing of agreement between Pakistan Badminton Federation and world known Yonex Company top 36 players will be supported with full gears of the game.
The gears including rackets, shuttles, uniform, shoes, track-suites etc, he added. About international activities, he said, Pakistan is going to host China badminton team for a five- match series in Oct-Nov this year in Jinnah Sports Complex Islamabad.
He said soon after Chinese team visit, Pakistan will also host South Asian Association team including Sri Lanka India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Maldives.
Amjad disclosed that a national camp would be setup in Oct this year wherein male and female players from across Pakistan in U-16, U-17 and U-19 will be invited and to be trained under international coach. He also lauded KP coach Nadeem Khan for his dedication and commitment in preparation of players at Junior and Senior levels.