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Youngsters Out for Glory in Indonesia Event

Badminton fans from all over Indonesia will be able to get a glimpse of the next generation of world stars at this week's inaugural Tangkas-Alfamart Open Championships 2008 for under-19 players.

A total of 457 youngsters from 13 countries will be vying for honours and a share of the $10,600 prize money.

Although the cash prizes cannot be compared with that sums offered on the Super Series or even Grand Prix circuits, it is more about the prestige and identifying the stars of the future.

The event will be held at the Tennis Indoor Stadium of the Bung Karno sports complex in Senayan, central Jakarta and will feature players from hosts Indonesia, France, the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, the United States, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa.

The aim of the tournament is to give youngsters from Indonesia and around the world the opportunity to play against their peers at the highest level and gain experience in international competitions.

The tournament will also enable Indonesian scouts to look out for new players to replace an ageing current national team and set goals for future Olympic and world competitions.

Sutiyoso, chairman of the Indonesian Badminton Association, said: "Our young players need more challenges to hone their skills. This event has something to offer thanks to the participation of the foreign shuttlers.

"Hopefully, we can find more talented players during the tournament."

According to tournament statistics, there will be 188 shuttlers competing in the men's singles event, which has the most participants.

The women's singles will have 78 players vying for honours while there are 97 competing in the men's doubles, 39 in the women's doubles and 55 players in the mixed doubles.

Indonesian players make up the bulk of the participants with 409 players representing 33 provinces from around the country.

Singapore will be represented by 17 players while the rest come from various parts of the world.

China will not be represented because they are hosting a similar tournament in their country.

Tangkas Badminton Club, one of the most popular clubs in the country, is hosting the tournament.

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