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Thursday October 17, 2013 MYT 7:18:00 PM
Thursday October 17, 2013 MYT 7:19:47 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are sticking with their plan to host the World Super Series Finals from Dec 11-14 although it clashes with the SEA Games in Myanmar.
On Thursday, the BWF announced on their website that they would be hosting the US$500,000 (RM1.57mil) premier event in Kuala Lumpur - at the same time that Myanmar will be hosting the SEA Games badminton competition from Dec 9-14.
With their decision, three countries – host Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will be left in a quandary. They will have to decide whether to send their players for the Finals or the SEA Games.
Most countries however, are expected to put the interest of the nation first and skip the Finals to participate in the SEA Games.
For the Finals, only the top eight players in every event (men and women’s singles; men and women’s doubles; and mixed doubles) after 12 legs of the Super Series will get to compete.
Currently, four more legs have not been completed - in Denmark, France, Hong Kong and China.
Said BWF’s secretary general Thomas Lund: “We are in the second half of the Super Series and there is still a lot of intrigue regarding who will qualify for the Finals.
“We anticipate a great Finals in Malaysia, and we look forward to the best performers on the Super Series circuit giving their best.”
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