Due to inclement weather spawned by Typhoon Lando, the organizing EventKing Corp. canceled today’s scheduled opening of the 2015 Bingo Bonanza National Open badminton tournament at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.
The opening matches, featuring two men’s singles, four men’s doubles and one mixed doubles, will instead be held tomorrow (Tuesday) starting at 9 a.m. after the 8 a.m. team managers and coaches meeting,
Top notch badminton action resumes at 1 p.m. with eight explosive women’s Open singles matches to be followed by 16 men’s Open singles games in the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association organized by EventKing Corp. and sponsored by Gatorade, Glorietta and Smash Pilipinas.
The National Open marks the second straight year of the annual event’s revival with the country’s premier gaming and amusement center backed as badminton’s chief sponsor. Bingo Bonanza used to stage big-time badminton tournaments, including the Philippine Open in 2009 that lured some of the world’s premier players.
Benitez, meanwhile, said the PBA is now focusing on putting up bigger national tournaments and has temporarily shelved plans of staging the more expensive international events to upgrade and develop local players until they can really compete with the foreign aces.
Maynilad’s Pauline Tan, Sarah Barredo of PBA-Smash, defending champion Gelita Castilo of UP-Diliman and Airah Albo, also of PBA-Smash, head the women’s Open singles cast as the top four seeds while Kevin Cudiamat of PBA-Smash, titleholder Marky Alcala and Kevin Dalisay, both of Allied-NVBA, and R-Jay Ormilla, also of PBA-Smash, are tipped to slug it out for the men’s singles crown.