BWF World Senior Championships
by Abdul Rauf Liaqat
Worldwide sports are not only famous between youngsters and teenagers but it is also very common in elder people also. Sport is one of the cause of a person’s fitness and his physique.
If you look around in the world, not only players aging 35 or 40, there are players who contribute in the tournaments and their age exceeding 40. It shows their interest, contribution and commitment towards the game and their body strength and physique.
According to my view, sports game give us many advantages but very few disadvantages like if you see people around the world playing games just to stay fit and healthy, even people have their routines set with the sports a very permanent matter in it.
Now take a look at the world sports, if we talk about golf it is such a game that mostly plays by aged people. They play and play and enjoy themselves. Now see towards football, there are players reaching their ages 40 and still playing football, so it’s not the matter of age but it’s the matter of interest and commitment.
Badminton World Federation (BWF) organized a championship every two years. This is the championship of world senior players who come from the different areas of the world and join this championship to prove themselves. Players from all around the world reached Canada this year in August for the 5th BWF World Senior Badminton Championships!
One of the largest World Championships ever saw 645 players, from 37 countries including Asia, Europe, Oceania and Pan America competing at Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, Canada. This world class and international event took place from Aug 21st to Aug 27th at the spectacular Richmond Olympic Oval Canada. All 16 courts was full of action, hosting hundreds of participants aged 35 to 75.
On Sunday, August 28, 2011 the successful tournament came to an end. There were 40 gold medals grabbed by men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles from ages 35 to 70.
Many of the players came there along with there family and spouses to just for fun. Many of the players came there to win and no doubt they compete and compete at international level.
The tournament’s single elimination format meant a loss translated into the end of the tournament – except for the men’s over-70 doubles which was run as a round robin event as only four pairs entered.
This event was successfully won by Tjitte Weistra, who is not only a badminton coach but also a very talented player as he proved himself by winning this title for the first time.
Tjitte Weistra, giving his views on this super duper championship, a Badzine columnist and World Senior Champion of 2011 said that “ Right, so all of a sudden I’m a World Champion which is quite a unique feeling but I do have to put it in perspective of course as it was “only” the 35-40 age group world singles title.
The BWF World Senior Championships has been quite a special experience from various perspectives. First of all I felt fortunate to still be playing at this level at 35 years of age, secondly to have the opportunity to meet so many friends from “back in the days” and last but certainly not least the atmosphere and spirit the event is being played in.
The best example I can give to try and explain the spirit was the final of the women’s singles 60-64 age group final between a player from Germany and a player from France. The match went all the way and was decided by setting in the third game.
All players came to this event to compete as hard as they could, to try and win and to leave everything on the court but the sociability, the friendship and the sharing of simply feeling fortunate to stand on court to compete was what probably defines this event. I came to this event feeling excited about the opportunity to meet old friends and to enjoy to compete.
I enjoy competition, it makes me feel alive and the feeling of giving it all regardless of the result is just simply satisfying. The Richmond Oval in Richmond, Vancouver, Canada is one of the biggest stadiums I have ever seen and played in. The draft inside the stadium is significant and keeping the shuttle “in sight” can be challenging.
It was the “talk of the day” when we had the opportunity to practice, all players commented on the draft, the visibility and were worried how this would affect the tournament. The tournament organization however did a fabulous job at minimizing the impact by putting up large curtains around the court arena which made a big difference.
Now the two year wait begins until the next BWF World Senior Championships. I would like to thank Badminton Canada and the BWF for hosting this event and I cannot wait to participate again in 2013, to meet more old friends and of course to try and defend my title. A special thank you to Tony and Karen Knott from the organising committee for their amazing hospitality, I appreciate it very much and New Zealand is waiting for you!!! “
This was one of the greatest championship that held every two year. Players not only enjoy this tournament but also have many more things to learn about badminton. World wide badminton players desperately wait for this championship to be held.