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Badminton Comes Back to Warsaw
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32nd Polish Open Badminton Championship: Yonex Polish Open 2008
March 12, 2008   
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One of the last Beijing Olympics qualifying badminton tournaments, the Yonex Polish Open 2008, will be held Thursday, March 27 to Sunday, March 30 in the Ursynów Arena on 122 Pileckiego Street in Warsaw's southern district of Ursynów.

Since the late 1980s Polish open badminton championships have been held outside Warsaw, but the event is now coming back to the capital. What's more, the event is returning as an Olympic qualifier and with top players.

The championship will feature Poland's top badminton players including the Mobilat Team comprising five contenders who have high positions in the world rankings: Przemysław Wacha (men's singles), Michał Łogosz, Robert Mateusiak (men's doubles), and Kamila Augustyn, Nadia Kostiuczyk (women's doubles). Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk also play in the mixed doubles.

Some of them have already qualified for the Beijing Olympics. Others still have a chance to qualify and the coming tournament will be decisive for them.

The list of foreign entrants to the competition is impressive and promises thrills for spectators in the arena.

The list includes such names as Lee Hyun Il, a Korean player who has already won two important tournaments this year-the Yonex Korea Open, in which he beat the world's number-one badminton player, Lin Dan of China, and the Yonex German Open.

Also on the list are America's Howard Bach, the 2005 world doubles champion; Korea's Lee Young Dae and Lee Hyo Jung, one of the world's best mixed doubles and winners of this year's Yonex Korea Open and Yonex German Open; Germany's Juliane Schenk, winner of numerous European championship titles; Bulgaria's Petia Nedelcheva, winner of the Polish Open in 2005; Britain's Tracey Hallam; Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung, Korea's number two women's doubles team; German champion Marc Zwiebler and colleagues from the German team-Kristof Hopp and Ingo Kindervater, the men's doubles team who recently won a Grand Prix Gold tournament in Moscow.

Around 300 players from 51 countries, including badminton "superpowers" like Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark and Britain have submitted entries for the Warsaw tournament.

Apart from sporting thrills and great entertainment, the organizers of the 32nd Polish Open Badminton Championship are also offering badminton fans a number of attractive prizes:
  • two 14-day trips abroad funded by Centrum Turystyki Oskar
  • a weekend break in the Sowie Mountains for two people funded by Alfa Tour s.c.
  • high-class sports equipment funded by Yonex.
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