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More than 485 shuttlers will vie for honours when the annual Nuwara Eliya Summer Season Badminton Championship 2017 begins on April 29 at the Municipal Indoor Stadium in Nuwara Eliya.

The high profile tournament which has a history of 20 years is organized by the Central Province Badminton Association (CPBA) under the patronage of Sri Lanka Badminton Association (SLBA) with the support of Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council.

The event has gained immense popularity and improved its standards throughout the years. Rubber carpets will be used on courts and this will be the first time such surfaces are used in this kind of weather conditions. It is expected that this will be very helpful especially for the ranking players and for the juniors to give in their best during the highly competitive event.

The event will see 615 matches and 26 events conducted while Rs. 500,000 worth of prize money will be on offer for podium winners.

This is also the first event organized under the new SLBA administration, led by its vice president Rohan de Silva. The new SLBA president has personally involved in taking all necessary actions to make the event a grand success, teaming up with the CPBA president Mahinda Dodampegamage and all members of the Central Provincial Badminton Association.

The Nuwara Eliya Summer Season Badminton Championship concludes on May 4.