Saturday, 20 Apr 2024

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The month of July marked an exciting milestone for badminton enthusiasts in the Pan Am region. The Badminton Pan Am Confederation organized a special event, the official continental AirBadminton launch, on July 18 in Acapulco, Mexico. This launch coincided with the XXIX Pan Am Junior Championships U19 2021, bringing together young athletes and showcasing the outdoor version of the sport.

The primary goal of the event was to introduce as many people as possible to AirBadminton, without the need for an indoor venue. With the cooperation of the Mexican Badminton Federation and the local authorities in Acapulco, the launch was a success. The event featured exhibition matches between 3 vs 3 and 2 vs 2 mixed teams, allowing the audience to witness the exciting gameplay. Additionally, participants had the opportunity to try out the new outdoor game themselves.

One of the highlights of the event was the Team Relay tournament, which involved athletes who were knocked out of the Pan Am Junior Championships. This tournament provided an enjoyable experience for both the participants and the spectators. The success of the AirBadminton launch has encouraged Badminton Pan Am to continue organizing similar events in the future and support the implementation of AirBadminton activities in the region.

Moving on to August, another exciting AirBadminton event took place in the Netherlands. In cooperation with Badminton Netherlands, the Netherlands AirBadminton Test Event was held on August 29 in Utrecht. The event transformed a King of the Court stadium into an AirBadminton arena, following strict COVID-19 safety measures. Teams from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and France competed in the Nations Cup 2021. The tournament format consisted of five matches, including women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and two triples. The team that reached 100 points first emerged as the winner. It was a thrilling competition, and the Dutch team claimed victory, providing an exceptional AirBadminton experience for both players and spectators.

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In September, the Spanish AirBadminton Test Event took place in Elche, a city located in the Valencia region. This event was particularly significant as Elche was actively involved in the research and development of the AirShuttle. The Spanish Badminton Federation invited players from the region to participate, resulting in a fantastic AirBadminton experience. The success of the event has motivated the federation to expand the sport’s reach by increasing the number of players and locations. They are also planning to introduce an AirBadminton circuit parallel to their official national competitions in the upcoming 2022 season.

The AirBadminton movement continues to gain momentum globally. These events organized by Badminton Pan Am and other badminton federations not only introduce the sport to new audiences but also provide existing players with a refreshing outdoor playing experience. The future looks promising for AirBadminton, with more international tournaments and activities planned to promote the sport worldwide.

FAQs

  1. What is AirBadminton?
    AirBadminton is an outdoor version of badminton that can be played on various surfaces, including grass, sand, and concrete. It offers a unique and exciting way to enjoy the sport in open spaces.

  2. How is AirBadminton different from traditional badminton?
    AirBadminton follows similar rules to traditional badminton but is adapted for outdoor play. The AirShuttle, designed specifically for outdoor use, ensures optimal performance in outdoor conditions.

  3. How can I get involved in AirBadminton?
    If you’re interested in playing AirBadminton, you can contact your local badminton federation or club to inquire about organized events and playing opportunities. You can also set up a court in your own backyard or community space and gather friends and family to enjoy the game.

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Conclusion

The AirBadminton movement is revolutionizing the way badminton is played and experienced. These recent events in Mexico, the Netherlands, and Spain have showcased the excitement and potential of outdoor badminton. With more people discovering and embracing AirBadminton, the sport is set to reach new heights in popularity and accessibility. To stay updated on the latest AirBadminton news and events, visit Carnegiecentre. Let’s embrace the joy of outdoor badminton and join the AirBadminton revolution!