World Champs in DG

04_15_Scene_World Champs in DGIt’s one of top three most prestigious international badminton competitions. It matches the world’s top men and women mixed teams, and it’s kicking off in the Dongguan Basketball Center in Liaobu from May 10 to 17. This is the 14th Sudirman Cup, a biennial tournament on par with the Thomas and Uber Cups for Men and Women’s championships held on even years.

While North American and European teams will participate, badminton has been dominated by Asian countries for decades. The cup itself is named for Dick Sudirman, the Indonesian star and founder of that country’s badminton association. China is a nine-time champion and is hosting the event for the fourth time with teams from 35 countries arriving for Badminton World Federation ranking points.

Without a qualification round, the 12 teams of Group 1, including China, USA, Germany, Denmark and England will be divided into four sub-groups based on BWF rankings. After the first round, the two winning teams from each group will draw again for quarter final spots. The other 23 teams have come to play in an attempt to be promoted for the next tournament.

Each round consists of five rounds, men and women’s singles, men and women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Tickets will be available soon online at damai.cn, or at China Post, Bank of Dongguan and China Mobile.