Estonian badmintonists triumph in world ranking tournament in Jelgava – Other…

first_imgPauls Elias Rozenvalds & Arta Priedniece won the third place in the mixed doubles, as well as two pairs of Latvian women’s doubles: Eiprila Briede & Annemarija Priede and Diāna Stognija & Kristīne Šefere.In the women’s doubles, the experienced Estonian couple Kati-Kreet Marran & Helina Rüütel defended the title won in Jelgava last year. Last year’s winners in other disciplines did not participate in the Jelgava tournament this year.Yonex Latvia International 2020 was the first World Badminton ranking tournament after Yonex All England on March 15, 2020, so this badminton tournament held at the Zemgale Olympic Center received special attention all over the world.The final games were broadcast live from Zemgale Olympic Center by Sportacentrs TV, as well as BadmintonEurope.TV. The games were watched live not only in Latvia and Europe, but also in many parts of the world, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal and Colombia.In Jelgava, the winners of all five Badminton Olympic disciplines were determined, including men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, as well as mixed doubles. The winners received not only medals, a clay candlestick made by Jelgava potter Una Laha and a floral arrangement by BloomShop florist Elīna Kostika, but also Evelatus wireless headphones and gifts from Lavazza, Hercules and Caramel Workshops.118 players from 19 countries initially applied for the world ranking badminton tournament “Yonex Latvia International 2020”, but the weekly published changes in the list of countries affected by Covid-19 have also affected the list of countries represented in the badminton tournament. Initially, players from Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Switzerland were forced to give up, later badminton players from Finland, England and Hungary were forced to give up, but players from Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland, Slovakia, Cyprus and Malta were also forced to give up in the last week. At the start of the tournament, the list of countries had shrunk to five – Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany and Italy.“This year we could not be proud of the masses, as it was in 2018, when the tournament with 335 participants from 40 countries was the largest in Europe, nor this year we can not be proud of the participation of Europe’s leading players, but this year our tournament is especially important on a global scale, so significant, which will probably never happen again. We are the first after Covid. Our task is to restore faith and motivation to players, coaches, referees, as well as to restore interest in badminton sponsors, fans and the media, ”says Kristians Rozenvalds, Secretary General of the Latvian Badminton Federation and Director of the World Rating Badminton Tournament Yonex Latvia International 2020.Many World Ranked Badminton tournaments have now been canceled in September, with the exception of International Mexicano and Benin International scheduled on September 20, and three tournaments scheduled simultaneously a week later – Victor Croatian International, Iberdrola Spanish International and Guatemala International. ”. “The first Covid tournament in Latvia at the end of August is a very important signal for tournament organizers around the world, encouraging them not to cancel the planned tournaments, but to adapt them to the new and specific circumstances,” calls Kristians Rozenvalds.last_img

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