The badminton open tournament 2018 of Khanh Hoa took place at Khanh Hoa Provincial Sports Competition Hall from October 26 to 28. This year's edition drew more participants and had better quality matches than the previous years' ones. This partly showed the development of badminton in Khanh Hoa in particular and the central and highland areas in general.
The badminton open tournament 2018 of Khanh Hoa took place at Khanh Hoa Provincial Sports Competition Hall from October 26 to 28. This year’s edition drew more participants and had better quality matches than the previous years’ ones. This partly showed the development of badminton in Khanh Hoa in particular and the central and highland areas in general.
As reported by Mai Duc Chinh, Chief of Khanh Hoa Badminton Federation, over 18 times of organization, the open badminton tournament of Khanh Hoa has become quite popular among the badminton players in Vietnam. The 2018 tournament was joined by more than 340 players of 17 teams in Khanh Hoa and ten teams from other provinces. The players were divided into seven age groups (from 31 to over 56 years old) and competed for 23 sets of medals in five events.
It could be said that the large number of players and the careful preparation of the participants contributed to the success of the 2018 edition. The tournament is hoped to be organized at a larger scale in order for the badminton movement in Khanh Hoa to develop to a professional level.
At present, badminton and tennis are the two sports among a few sports in Khanh Hoa which are organized at a provincial open level and gain considerable prestige. “I have represented for a club of Dak Lak Province to take part in the badminton open tournament of Khanh Hoa since 2009. This is really a prestigious competition which has drawn many good players in many localities,” said player Nguyen Van Duc of Dak Lak.
The localities ranked in order of strong badminton movement in the South, Central and Highlands of Vietnam include Ho Chi Minh City, Lam Dong Province, Quang Ngai Province, Dak Lak Province, Khanh Hoa Province, Binh Dinh Province, and Phu Yen Province, etc. The top four of the above list have a large number of movement players, good investment on training and organizing tournaments, especially for young players aged from 16 to 30. Meanwhile, most of the outstanding badminton players of Khanh Hoa have been from 45 to over 50 years old. The winners in the age categories from 46 to 56 of the 2018 tournament were mostly Khanh Hoa athletes.
Although Khanh Hoa athletes still could not overcome the athletes of other provinces and cities in many events and categories of this year’s open tournament, this edition could help Khanh Hoa’s sports to assess the quality of the province’s badminton and plan to promote this sport.
Translated by H.N