Australian Badminton Open
The Australian Badminton Open is Australia's premier badminton tournament, and attracts the world's very best players. This unique sporting event is sure to raise your excitement levels and being in Sydney, is the perfect event to tie into a family holiday!
The 2014 Tournament...
...was a thrilling, upset-filled affair, with a bevy of top seeds losing in earlier rounds to upstart participants. Ultimately, Lin Dan from China walked away with the Mens Singles title, while India's Saina Nehwal took out the Womens Event.
Badminton Now a Full Olympic Sport
Badminton was first played at the Olympics Games in 1992 at Barcelona, Spain and has continued at the Olympic Games ever since. It has built up a large following in Australia with 41,000 players regularly competing. Most badminton in Australia takes place in the regional areas of Western Australia and Victoria although Tasmania has the highest participation rate.
Players Guaranteed to Thrill Spectators
Besides the badminton player interest in Australia, this world-class event will attract many spectators who'll be drawn to seeing firsthand as the world's top players show off their acrobatic talents and amazing agility. Players will release their incredible power to win points over their opponents in the five disciplines of the game: mixed doubles, women's and men's doubles, and women's and men's singles.
Badminton Australia Thrilled to Hosting a World Class Event
The governing body of the sport in Australia is Badminton Australia (BA). It has the role of developing and promoting awareness of the sport. Hosting international badminton events such as the Yonex Australian Badminton Open is part of this responsibility. This organisation also arranges the Australian Closed Championships, the Australasian Championships and many junior events. The hosting of this international event has cemented the Australian body's standing in badminton world standings.
Sydney — an Ideal City to Host World Class Sporting Events
Sydney is one of the most experienced cities in the world in regard to hosting world-class sporting events. It boasts world standard venues and has accommodations able to handle large influxes of people. One of the most sought after types of accommodation for families and large groups in particular, is holiday rentals. A holiday rental is the most economical and comfortable way of attending such events as it provides you with a genuine home away from home — a place where you and your family, or friends, can relax in privacy without the formalities of the more traditional hotel accommodations.
A City with Everything at Your Fingertips
When staying in Sydney for any reason, whether it's business, holiday, or attending a world-class sporting event, you'll find you'll have much to do in your spare time. The sightseeing is something to behold as you ride on a famous harbour ferry far below the towering Sydney Harbour Bridge and take in the beauty of the Sydney Opera House. Take a short walk to The Rocks — a walk that'll take you back in history as you admire the narrow winding streets and stone buildings of a past era. You'll find so many things to do and see and others you can do at a relaxing leisurely pace, in your own time.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 8th 2014
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