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DSport attains exclusive India broadcast rights for Badminton Asia Team Championships 2018

The 38th edition will see a total of 245 elite Asian shuttlers battling it out from February 9-11 at Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. This event also acts as the qualifiers from Asia for the prestigious Thomas & Uber Cup 2018

DSport, the premium sports TV channel from Discovery Communications India, has acquired the exclusive India broadcast rights for the upcoming Badminton Asia Team Championships 2018.

The annual continental event in its 38th edition will feature Asian badminton powerhouses competing as a team rather than individuals. The 38th edition will see a total of 245 elite Asian shuttlers battling it out at Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia. This event also acts as the qualifiers from Asia for the prestigious Thomas & Uber Cup 2018. The Badminton Asia Team Championships will be broadcast live and exclusive on DSport between February 9 and 11.

Date

Matches

Time

9th Feb’18

Women’s Team Quarter Final

6:00 am

9th Feb’18

Men’s Team Quarter Final

2:30 pm

10th Feb’18

Women's Team Semi-Final

9:30 am

10th Feb’18

Men’s Team Semi-Final

3:30 pm

11th Feb’18

Women's Team Final

9:30 am

11th Feb’18

Men’s Team Final

3:30 pm

This would be the first time when DSport would be broadcasting an elite badminton championship, with Indian supertsars participating as a team. 19 top Indian shuttlers would be representing Team India at the elite team championship. Some of the most notable names include London Olympic bronze and Rio Olympic silver medallists Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu along with world No.5 Kidambi Srikanth, world No. 11 HS Prannoy, world No. 18 B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponappa.

T.S.Panesar

T.S.Panesar, Head of DSPORT Business, said, “We are happy to secure the India Broadcast Rights for the prestigious Asia Badminton Team Championships. This is our first major acquisition in the sport of Badminton and we are glad to bring to the Indian fans live action from Malaysia with top Indian shuttlers participating in the event. With this we are proud to live up to our ambition of becoming a truly diverse sports broadcasting channel with programming that suits a wide array of sports fans.”

Other notable names would include world No. 2 Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia, world. No. 4 Son Wan Ho from Korea and world No. 8 Shi Yuqi from China, world No. 9 NG Kalong from Hong Kong, world No. 10 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the men’s discipline, while the women’s pack would see participation from Japanese world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi and world No. 7 Nozomi Okuhara, Chinese world No. 8 and 9 Chen Yufei and He Bingjiao and world No. 6 Sung Ji Hyun from Korea.

The Men’s Doubles Category will see participation from some notable names that include world No. 1 Indonesian pair of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon, world No. 5 Japanese duo of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda world No. 7 and 8 Chinese Taipei pairs of Chen Hung Ling and Wang Chi-Lin and Lee Jhe-Huei and Lee Yang. World No. 2,4 and 6 Japanese pairs of Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota and Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto, world No. 7 Greysia Polli and Apriyani Rahayu from Indonesia will comprise the top seeded women’s doubles teams at the tournament. Some other notable women’s doubles players who would be seen playing sans their regular partners would include Korean world No. 5 Chang Ye Na and world No. 9 Shin Seung Chang.

The teams participating in the championship will comprise both men’s and women’s events. Each team have to play ties comprising three men’s singles and two men’s doubles in men’s category and likewise in women’s category. Each team shall not nominate less than four players and not more than 10 players.

Women’s Team Draw Results:

GROUP W

GROUP X

GROUP Y

GROUP Z

JAPAN

KOREA

THAILAND

CHINA

INDIA

CHINESE TAIPEI

MALAYSIA

INDONESIA

HONG KONG CHINA

MALDIVES

VIETNAM

SINGAPORE

 

 

PHILIPPINES

 

Men’s Team Draw Results:

GROUP A

GROUP B

GROUP C

GROUP D

CHINA

JAPAN

CHINESE TAIPEI

INDONESIA

HONG KONG CHINA

KOREA

MALAYSIA

INDIA

SINGAPORE

NEPAL

THAILAND

PHILIPPINES

 

KAZAKHSTAN

MYANMAR

MALDIVES

         

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