The VP Binay Grand Prix Badminton Open Championships-PBaRS 4th leg braces for a week-long of top notch action and surprises with a banner field expected to vie for top honors in various divisions when it is staged Oct. 23-29 at PowerSmash in Makati.
The organizing Philippine Badminton Ranking System said registration is ongoing, adding that the event is open to anyone, including beginners who may want to get the feel of big-time competitions featuring the country’s leading players.
Deadline for listup is on Friday (Oct. 7) at 5 p.m. at the PBaRS office (20. E. Maclang St. San Juan). For details, visithttp://www.pbars.com. The elims will be played at PowerSmash while the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will be held either at the Philsports Arena or Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
“First timers are welcome to join the event,” said PBaRS tournament director Nelson Asuncion in response to inquiries on the composition of the field. “We are expecting a huge field based on the feedbacks and queries made over the last few days.”
The event, co-presented by MVP Sports Foundation and Robinsons Land Corp., caps a four-leg nationwide circuit put up by Vice President and Philippine Badminton Association president Jejomar Binay, Rep. Albee Benitez and businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan in their commitment to help develop the sport and discover talents in the countryside.
Although the national team and pool mainstays have dominated the first three legs a lot of surprises is expected in the upcoming tournament which stakes a total prize fund of P1 million and national ranking points.
Events on tap are the Open, Under-19 and Under-15 divisions in the men’s and ladies singles and men’s and ladies doubles and mixed doubles categories.
Up for grabs in the Open class of the event, which ranks the players according to their strength and performance, are P70,000 while the U-19 and U-15 winners will receive P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.
Antonino Gadi (Open men’s singles) and Markie Alcala (U-15 singles) are expected to have their hands full as they seek a sweep of their respective divisions in the circuit sponsored PLDT Smart Foundation, Robinsons Mall, Gatorade and official equipment sponsor Victor, exclusively distributed by PCOME Industrial Sales, Inc.
Aside from the singles titles, others to be disputed in the event, backed by media partners The Philippine STAR, TV5, Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT and 103.5 WOW! and TV-5, are the men’s and ladies doubles and the mixed doubles crowns in the Open, U-19 and U-15 categories.(pr)