BADMINTON FEDERATION LAUNCHES MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR TOURNAMENT SERIES
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May 19, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - As competition started today at the world
badminton championships in Glasgow, Scotland, the International Badminton
Federation announced the startup of a yearly multi-million dollar series of
tournaments called the "Spectacular Seven". These tournaments will be the
crown jewels of the badminton World Grand Prix circuit much like the Grand
Slam in tennis.
The seven tournaments will likely be selected from the top events in the
current Grand Prix circuit and will offer more prize money than before. Four
of the tournaments will probably be in Asia, two in Europe and one in the
Speculation is that among these tournaments will be the Malaysian Open, the
Indonesian Open, the Korean Open, the Japan Open, the All-England, the German
Open, and the U.S. Open.
Plans are for the "Spectacular Seven" to be packaged and televised on a
much wider basis than today. U.S. television coverage is being specially
targetted by the badminton federation.
Also on the drawing boards are two invitational competitions which will be
All-Star events for the "Spectacular Seven" series and for badminton as a
whole. These invitational tournaments will truly be all-star events with
only four of the world's top players or pairs being invited to play.
The locations for these invitational events may change from year to year
and the host cities will be selected in line with the badminton federation's
goal of making badminton more popular.
Sydney, site of the 2000 Olympic Games, is the leading candidate to host one
of the inaugural all-star tournaments which will also be packaged for a
hoped-for extensive international television coverage. The Italians reportedly
have also put forward a strong case for Rome as a host city.
The badminton federation plans to have both the "Spectacular Seven" and the
invitational events in operation within two years.
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