Top shuttlers gear up for Bingo Bonanza Nat’l Open

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Mark Alcala CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Mark Alcala CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The country’s leading badminton players and a host of young stars raring to prove their worth prime up for the P1.5 million Bingo Bonanza National Open Tournament slated October 17 to 23 at CW Home Depot Ortigas and SM Megamall.

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Sarah Joy Barredo and Mark Alcala are expected to defend their respective singles titles in the centerpiece Open division tipped to draw another huge and talent-laden cast, including the top collegiate and club players not only from Metro Manila but also from the provinces.

Registration is ongoing with deadline set at 4 p.m. today. Entry fee is P800 at 5 p.m., according to the organizing EventKing Corp. Entry fee is pegged at P800. For details and online listup, visit wwww.bingob.com/nationalopentournament or email entry forms to EKC at info@eventkingcorp.com.ph.

Other events on tap in the blue-ribbon event, sponsored by Bingo Bonanza Corp. and sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez, are the men’s and women’s doubles and the mixed doubles.

The men’s and singles champions will pocket P100,000 while the doubles winners, including the mixed doubles, will earn P120,000 each.

The country’s premier badminton championship, backed by official equipment Victor PCOME and SM Megamall, Smash Pilipinas and the Philippine Olympic Committee, will be launched in today’s PSA Forum with Rep. Benitez, also the founder of Bingo Bonanza, national team manager Atty. Ponciano Cruz, Atty. Kat Nepomuceno, VP Legal and Compliance, and Alejandro Alonte, VP Business Unit, ABLE, of Bingo Bonanza, gracing the event.

The posting of participants will be on October 7 while the draw and seeding will be held on October 11 at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. The schedule of matches will be posted oppn Oct. 14 while the coaches, team managers and players’ meeting will be held on October 16, also at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall.

The qualifiers and the quarterfinals will be held in the first five days at The Upper Deck Sports Center, CW Home Depot Ortigas before action shifts to SM Megamall for the semifinals and finals on October 22 and 23, respectively.

“We want to bring the sport closer to the people that’s why we’re staging the semis and the finals at SM Megamall,” said the organizing EventKing Corp.

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