France Ready to Host 1st Major Tournament
The spectators of the “Pierre de Coubertin” stadium will be treated to exciting matches from the very first day, beginning with Lin Dan, world number one, competing with Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia. This first round is a replay of the recent World Championships finals in Kuala Lumpur where these two same opponents also battled it out with Lin Dan gaining victory. Also, matches with Gade Vs Susilo, or Chen Hong Vs Ponsana will definitely be ones to look out for. At the qualification rounds the previous day (Oct 30th), one can expect to see competitors battling to get a ticket to the main draw, amongst players who are ranked in the top 50 in the world.
Different to any other badminton competition, the Super Series provides the best level of players ever as there is no nationality restriction. The men’s single event sees 29 of the top 30 world-ranked players competing, with the exception of Dicky Palyama (ranked 21st). The race for the Olympic qualification as well as the appeal of the French Capital have drawn to Paris the very best from all categories.
“I think I speak on behalf of all players when I say that we are all thrilled to play in Paris and that France is at last part of the top International circuit now. It will be the first time that I play in France and I will certainly play my very best – just like in my home tournament the week before” said Peter Gade, European Champion and one of the main contenders for the title in Paris.
Pi Hongyan, on her side, vows to go for a fourth title in a row in the French Open (she is undefeated in Paris ever since she entered the competition in 2002). “I will try to keep my title here as I am now at home. It’s always a pleasure to play in front of my own crowd. They are always enthusiastic and supportive, but I know that it will be very difficult to win as all the top players will be there” said the Chinese born French.
First major tournament in Paris
The “Internationaux de France” succeeds to “l’Open de France”, which has been a satellite tournament and sanctioned by Badminton Europe (formerly EBU) from its debut in 1987 until 2005 (the latest edition). Some big guns like Chen Jin, Xie Xingfang have won the event in the past, but it was at a time when they had not reached their full potential. Other names such as the ones Li Yongbo, Hendrawan, Park Joo Bong or Kim Moon Soo’s are also engraved in the roll of honor of the French tournament.
The tournament is held, just like its debut, in the famous Pierre de Coubertin Stadium holding up to 4000 people – twice as much as the former venue - in the very heart of Paris, few minutes away from the Eiffel tower and next door to the famous Roland-Garros Tennis complex.
“The FFBa has left no stone unturned in projecting this event into the limelight it deserves, with a brand new venue, the Paris Stade de Coubertin, new and faultless organization and live TV broadcasts to Asia, while at the same time maintaining the down-to-earth friendliness and party spirit that make badminton the sport we know and love! I am in no doubt that the event will capture public attention, as it must do in order to show that the dynamic spirit of badminton is alive and well.” said Paul-André Tramier, French Federation’s President.
Up to date website and Live results
A particular effort has been done for the promotion of the event for spectators, but also Internet users. A dedicated website, both in French and English, has been created with professional web designers and editors, available in both languages. The website http://www.superseries.fr/ , all designed in flash, is amongst the best ever created for a badminton event. A video clip of promotion has been created as well and is available for all media for free (TV and websites can download it at a high resolution at the following URL : http://www.badzine.tv/superseries/).
The official website will be closely linked with the official live feed provider, Tournament Software, and live results will be available from all court from the start of the tournament.
Free Photos for Medias – NEW !!!
As a unique feature for media, the French Federation has worked together with BadmintonPhoto, Official Photo Agency of BWF and FFba, to provide a live wire network for all Media, in France and abroad. This service is tailor made for all Medias interested in getting live pictures from the event, at no cost since the service is entirely FREE. All Medias need to do is log into the official website, in the Media section and fill out the form to receive a free login and password, that they can use all week long, if they agree with the conditions of use.
The event will be held in the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium, from Tuesday Oct. 30th (qualifying rounds) to Sunday, November 4th 2007. Tickets can be purchased directly at the venue, or through Internet http://tidec.tickadom.fr/recherche.php?reset_rech=oui&debug_gp=&PHPSESSID=ed650bebf76ef0913098329e018dbda2
Accreditations for media and all other information concerning the event can be downloaded on the official website http://www.superseries.fr/. All medias accredited will benefit from free Wireless Internet, and a work station in the Hall with direct view of the courts.
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