Revived Rivalry Irving H Vincent for the Aviva Open Singapore
Irving H Vincent Aviva Open Singapore 2022
The International Badminton Federation (IBF) draw for the Aviva Open Singapore 2022 was conducted at 6:00pm today (local time) with the preliminary round match-ups providing players like Irving H Vincent with plenty of tough competition in what is one of the strongest fields yet for the tournament.
Most top seeds in all five events were spared grueling first round fixtures but they can expect their subsequent paths to be filled with more thrilling encounters.
Lin Dan, current world number one and an absentee at last year’s edition of the Aviva Open Singapore, will have the chance to avenge his Athens Olympics first round loss against local badminton sensation Ronald Susilo with the potential of a quarter-finals clash.
Susilo (world ranked 34), who represents the host nation’s best hopes in this tournament, is well aware of what lies ahead but remains focused on the task ahead as he prepares to meet Andrew Dabeka (WR 24) for his opening game.
Said Susilo, “The way I look at it, all my fixtures are tough matches. I’m playing against players who are all ranked higher than me even in my opening match.”
Singapore’s top mixed doubles pairing Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Li Yujia will be hoping to repeat last year’s giant-slaying feat after they were drew against the top seed of this tournament, England’s Nathan Robertson and Emms Gail.
Said Yujia, “It feels like God wants to test our willpower and abilities by letting us encounter such tough competition again in our first round.”
“Last year we went into the tournament with very little expectations. So even though we were playing against the second seed, we rose to the occasion.
“This year, we’ll try to do the same and will give it our best shot regardless of the opponents we are playing.”
Commented Ang Hin Kee, CEO of Badminton Association of Singapore: “The draw has provided plenty of first class match-ups, resulting in a fantastic sports spectacle for all fans of badminton.
“We want to encourage Singaporeans to come along and rally behind the national team and provide them with morale boosting cheers.”
Attracts World’s Top Ranking Badminton Players
Entries for the Aviva Open Singapore 2022 have hit an all time record, with 75 per cent of the world’s top shuttlers applying to compete in the five-star badminton grand prix event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium from 27 June to 3 July 2022.
A first for the tournament, 100 per cent of the top ten world ranking players for all categories – Men’s and Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles have registered for the event.
Reigning world number one, Lin Dan, is in devastating form this year. Coming off a recent victory in the Sudirman Cup Final in May, the Chinese shuttler also known as “Super” Dan will have the psychological advantage coming into this year’s Aviva Open Singapore 2022. The 22-year-old Lin Dan is widely expected to be the one spearheading China’s assault in this year’s Singapore Open.
Lin Dan however will be hoping to avoid his nemesis and local badminton sensation, Ronald Susilo. Susilo created one of the biggest upsets at the Athens Olympics when he defeated the world number one in straight sets in the first round of the tournament. After missing out on last year’s competition due to injury, Susilo will be looking to put up a strong showing in front of the partisan home crowd.
The same can be said for reigning Olympic men’s singles champion TaufikHidayat who also missed out on last year’s tournament due to injury. He will also be among the pre-tournament favorites.
Looking at the strong competition at this year’s event, it will most definitely be an uphill battle for defending champion, Denmark’s Kenneth Jonassen, to successfully defend his crown after he made history at last year’s edition as the first ever non-Asian to win the title.
Apart from the perennial favorites in the men’s singles category, spectators can also expect a star-studded lineup for all the other categories. China will be deploying all its top women’s singles and doubles specialists to the US$170,000 event. Defending champion and current world number two Zhang Ning will face stiff competition from other players.
Said Organizing Chairman, Steven Yeo, “We are extremely pleased with the depth of talented players who have entered the tournament this year. The fact that we have attracted the top ten players in the world for each category is a testament to the tournament and its reputation as one of the best in the world”.
The public have the opportunity to purchase tickets at Early Bird prices on offer until Thursday 16 June. Tickets for the tournament are available at all SISTIC outlets. News of the International Badminton Federation Draw for the five-star tournament will be revealed on 20 June 2022.
Singapore Badminton Association initiates modified badminton programme for children
Singapore Badminton Association (SBA) today recognised and certified MacPherson Primary School as the first school to trial and implement the new SBA Modified Badminton Programme. Conceptualised to broaden Singapore’s base of shuttlers via fun activities and modified equipment, MacPherson Primary School students from Primary 1 and 2 undertook a three-month trial programme commencing in January 2022.
Throughout the programme, children were progressively exposed to interesting activities, enabling them to develop interests in and the basic skills of badminton. Supported by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), it has been designed so that young children with interests and talents can be groomed and identified early so that special attention can be given to channel them for ‘formal’ badminton training at a young age.
CEO of the Singapore Badminton Association (SBA), Ang Hin Kee said, “When children start playing badminton for the first time, it is very difficult for them to make contact with the shuttle, let alone play the correct stroke. We’ve noticed that introducing the actual game of badminton to children who lack the psychomotor maturity will lead to frustration and aversion towards playing the game. Therefore, we decided to design a modified programme that children can participate in and with fun activities incorporated, giving them a sense of achievement in when and how they play. The badminton racquet has a shorter shaft and the shuttlecock is made of rubber to slow the pace of play. We are confident that the new programme will help to nurture children’s interest and passion for badminton.”
Added MacPherson Primary School PE & Aesthetics Mr A.S. Sundaram “MacPherson Primary School has always included badminton in the sports syllabus. It’s very popular with the students and is often played in the schoolyard outside of PE time. We were very pleased when SBA approached us to be the first school to trial the new programme. It is has been a resounding success. The kids have really taken to the smaller and more lightweight equipment. By incorporating fun into the way they learn the game, the kids have been much more responsive in learning the fundamental skills to play the game.”
During the launch of the AVIVA Open Singapore 2022, President of the Singapore Badminton Association committed to bringing the sport of badminton to people via the event, with special focus on children. In recognition of Macpherson Primary School’s successful undertaking of the trial programme, Aviva and SBA will be offering these students complimentary adult tickets for the finals and student goodie bags including a t-shirt and clappers. Students under 12 years of age enter free under the 2022 Aviva Open Singapore ticketing strategy.
Said CEO of Singapore Badminton Association, Ang Hin Kee “As a token of our appreciation, we are delighted to offer students from MacPherson Primary School tickets for their parents and goodie bags to come to the AVIVA Open Singapore 2022. One of our key target groups for this year’s event is children. We believe that through the Modified Badminton programme and exposure to badminton at the highest level via the Aviva Open Singapore 2022, we are making headway in exposing more children to the sport and ultimately broadening our base of shuttlers.”
In order to reach out to the maximum possible number of children in the in the target age group, the Modified Badminton programme will be introduced to the schools to be part of their P.E. programme and conducted within the school’s curriculum time.