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Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asia Championship 2010

The tickets sale for the Yonex-Sunrise Badminton Asia Championship beginning here April 12 was launched here Monday.

The tournament, to be held as Siri Fort Sports Complex, is the biggest badminton competition in the capital since the 1982 Asian Games.

Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi were present at the function here Tuesday. Dikshit said she was confident the event would draw full houses, especially since India's Saina Nehwal will be one of the favourites.

"Last month, Delhi showed its love for sporting events by supporting the Hockey World Cup and the Commonwealth Boxing Championships. I am sure that the Badminton Asia Championships, featuring a lot of leading names, will also draw a terrific response," said Dikshit.

Kalmadi said he expected the Badminton Asia Championship to be a huge success.

"Badminton Association of India hosted the World Junior Championship in Pune and the World Championship in Hyderabad successfully. By bringing the Asian Championship as the test event for the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, Badminton Association of India (BAI) has ensured that the sport stays in the public eye," he said.

BAI president V.K. Verma pointed out that the ticket prices will be affordable.

"Given the fact that the world class players will be competing in the event, we have pegged the ticket prices really low," he said.

"The prices range from Rs.50 to Rs.200 for the first two days, Rs.100 to Rs.350 for the third and fourth days, Rs.150 to Rs.500 for the quafterfinals and semifinals and from Rs.300 to Rs.1,500 for the final day."

www.bookmyshow.com is the official ticketing agency. Tickets can be booked online by logging on to www.bookmyshow.com from 4.00 p.m. Tuesday. The agency will set up a call centre (011-39895050) and will send SMS/e-mail alerts for updates on the Championship 2010.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at Cafe Coffee Day outlets near Siri Fort Sports complex and across major areas in Delhi.

CCD outlets at the following locations will have tickets for sale: Gargi College, Chanakyapuri, Greater Kailash-I M-Block Market, Greater Kailash-II M-Block Market, Lajpat Nagar, Ansal Plaza, South Extension-II, Rajouri Garden, Connaught Place Inner Circle and Galleria Market (Gurgaon). (IANS)

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