KUALA LUMPUR: The team tournament of the Badminton Association of Malaysia's (BAM) Elite Challenge, which begins today at the Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here, takes a unique format aimed at bringing the best out of players in their matches.
The tournament involves five teams Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and Orange.
And a tie will have 12 matches mixed doubles; boys' and girls' Under-15 singles; boys' and girls' Under-17 singles; men's and women's singles; boys' and girls' Under-15 doubles; boys' Under-17 doubles; and men's and women's doubles.
Each match will be played over a game of 21 points.
The champions of the Challenge will not be decided on the number of ties won or the number of matches won.
The final standing of a team will be decided on the difference between the total number of points won and points conceded in their four ties.
The tournament director, Yap Tee Loy, said: The purpose of using this structure (difference between points won and points conceded in four ties) to determine the champions is to encourage all the players to go all out in their matches. They will have to battle for every point.
He added that a player could play two matches in a tie but from a lower age-group moving up to play a second match in a higher category.
For example, a player for an Under-17 match can play another match in the senior category but not in the Under-15 category, said Tee Loy.
The top three teams will win prize money. The champions will receive RM10,000.
The runners-up and third-place team will get RM7,000 and RM4,000 respectively.
The tournament ends on Friday.
9am: Blue vs Green, Red vs Yellow.
2.30pm: Blue vs Red, Yellow vs Orange.