Several past stars, including Indonesia’s Rosiana Tendean and Thailand’s Bandid Jayen, are among the 667 participants at the BWF World Senior Championships beginning next Monday.
The event, featuring several former internationals from 39 countries, will be held in the south Indian city of Kochi from 11 to 17 September 2017.
Over 852 matches are scheduled in 40 categories, with 841 entries. Of the 40 categories, 15 will have a round-robin format as they have less than 16 entries. The remaining will have a knockout draw.
The Men’s Singles 45+, Men’s Doubles 50+, Men’s Singles 60+ and Men’s Singles 70+ categories have received the highest entries and will start with the round of 64.
The Men’s Singles 35+ category has a draw of 32, with Russia’s Stanislav Pukhov the top seed. Former French Open champion Abhinn Shyam Gupta (India) is in his quarter. Another former Indian international, Nikhil Kanetkar, is seeded 3-4 and placed in the lower half of the draw.
In the Men’s Doubles 35+ category, two Indian pairs – Rupesh Kumar/Sanave Thomas (featured image) and JBS Vidyadhar/V Diju head the opposite ends of the draw, while in the Men’s Doubles 40+ category, Denmark’s Morten Aarup/Carsten Loesch are top-seeded.
Bandid Jayen, Thailand’s top Men’s Singles player of the late 1970s, has entered in the Men’s Doubles 65+ category with Pravit Puangsupang; they take on Japan’s Noriaki Imai/Noboru Nakamura in the opening round.
Former Indonesian Open Women’s Doubles champion Rosiana Tendean (Indonesia) has entered the Mixed Doubles 50+ category with Alexander Tandun. Another former Olympian, Joanne Muggeridge (England), will be seen in action in two categories – the Women’s Doubles 45+ with Tracey Middleton, and the Mixed Doubles 40+ with Carl Jennings.