KUCHING: Twelve teams statewide will compete in the Sarawak Closed 2009 Badminton Championships in Kapit sometime this month.
Kapit Badminton Association (BA) secretary David Chuo said the tournament, to be held in Kapit for the second time, hoped to unearth new talents and promote the game.
Kapit also hosted the President Cup in 2006.
The Sarawak Closed will have seven categories – mena��s singles and doubles, womena��s singles and doubles, mixed doubles, veteran mena��s singles and doubles.
An annual event of Sarawak BA, it has been postponed several times due to lack of sponsorship.
The hosting of the tournament by Kapit BA is in line with the policy to give the divisional associations an equal opportunity to host a major event, depending on their financial and management capabilities.
Sarawak BA secretary Abdul Hadi Datuk Abdul Kadir thanked Kapit BA president Larry Sng for agreeing to host the tournament in Kapit this year.
Sarawak BA is looking forward to the participation of all the divisional badminton associations and clubs in view of Sukma in Melaka next year.
Under-23 players will have the chance to fight for a place in the state 2010 Sukma badminton squad.