- Badminton Asia Chief Operating Officer Chit Boon Saw confirmed that the Philippines will host the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships
- The biennial international meet will be staged at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila
- About 300 players will compete in the tournament
After a successful and productive Southeast Asian Games hosting and stint for the Philippines, it will again open its doors for the staging of the Badminton Asia Team Championships this year.
According to reports, the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila will be the home of the international tournament slated from February 11 to 16.
Badminton Asia Chief Operating Officer Chit Boon Saw said the Philippines deserves to host the event as badminton is on its way for another resurgence saying, “I think the Philippines is one of the fastest developing nations in badminton. And it is good to bring an event like this in a developing badminton country.”
The country last hosted the Asian Championships Individual in 2001.
It was further disclosed that a total of 15 men and 14 women’s teams or about 300 players are expected to arrive into the country to compete in the biennial meet. It will also be a venue for Filipino badminton players to collect points to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“I hope the Philippine team takes this as an opportunity to learn and grow in the team event. As you know, there are not a lot of team tournaments in the world so this will be a good opportunity to learn on your home court,” Saw said in a report.
“I think it will be a successful event because of the venue and the people working in the event. The venue is really suitable. I believe that it will be a good hosting,” he added.