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Badminton South Africa Celebrates its 75th Anniversary
- Updated: October 11, 2013
Badminton South African celebrates its 75th Anniversary on Saturday, 12 October 2013 at the Benoni Country Club in Benoni. The celebratory function will commence at 6.30pm for 7pm.
The following VIPs will be in attendance to celebrate this milestone event:
Deputy Minister of Sports & Recreation Mr Gert Oosthuizen
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board Member Dr Sam Ramsamy
Badminton World Federation (BWF) Representative Mr Raj Gaya
Badminton Confederation of Africa President Mr Omar Bellali
Member of Mayoral Committee Ekurhuleni Council Clr Zenzi Tshongweni
Gauteng Sports Council member Mr Barry Hendricks
Mr Larry Keys the President of Badminton South Africa said: ÔÇ£The South African Badminton Union was formed in 1938. The following year it was accepted as a member of the International Badminton Federation. In 1998 the name was changed to Badminton South AfricaÔÇØ.
Badminton South Africa is ranked No 1 in Africa and 25th in the World. Badminton was represented at the Beijing and London Olympics at a competitive level.
The 63rd South African Open Championship and Interprovincial Tournament is currently being contested at the John Barrable Hall, Benoni.Says the South African Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) CEO: Tubby Reddy: ÔÇ£As the Nation’s Olympic Committee we are pleased with the milestones that Badminton South Africa have achieved in the past 75 years. We continue to support the federation so that they may excel in various international events and bring medals home.ÔÇØ
Prizes will be presented at the celebratory function.
Shuttlers (badminton players) from the nine provinces are competing in the annual championships, which are hosted by the Eastern Gauteng Badminton Association.
Badminton is one of the most played sports and the fastest racquet sport in the world.
Congratulations Badminton South Africa on reaching such a milestone. Before leaving South Africa I was involved with Natal Badminton and thoroughly enjoyed it. Even achieved umpiring certification. All that has helped me as I am a passionate Badminton Supporter and player and currently a Level 2 Coach in London, UK where I coach beginner to intermediate level, after which I send the players to the county which is the pathway to National status. I started badminton at my school and derive the greatest pleasure coaching the students at my school. Our KS4 Team came third in the National Schools final this last academic year - which is a fantastic achievement for a non-private school. If ever you decide to bring a school's invitation team to London, I would be most interested in arranging a match, or arrange for the SA squad to give an exhibition match at our school, or County or vice versa. Congrats once again and keep the SA flag flying high. Regards and best wishes Prem GEORGE