View comments “Right now, the total participants is 863 already. There are still more hoping to join and I hope the organizers will be able to accommodate them,” said Quimpo. “This will be the main event of this year. Next year, we are focusing on international tournaments.”“As we all know, MVP loves this sport. So SMART is going to keep on supporting these tournaments,” said SMART Sports’ Yvette Ruiz.“The SMART National Open, we are supporting it for the past few years already. Bali Pure is supporting a lot of sports, including badminton and we are looking to support these tournaments for the years to come,” added Bali Pure’s Gil Cortez.Backing the tournament organized by the Albee Benitez-led PBA are SMART, MVP Sports Foundation, Bali Pure, Victor Pcome Industrial Sales, LRWC, and J.Co Donuts. The two events are powered by Forthright Events & Sports Management, Inc.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The SMART Open naman is to identify talent. We want to see the level of the current players and to see the potential players beyond the national team members,” added Quimpo.“These programs are good because they focus on grassroots. These players will be our representatives and this will be a good test for them heading into the SEA Games. What we need is to have unforgettable tournaments,” said head official Judith Brosula.Headlining the stacked field for the men’s division are top-ranked players Lance Zafra and Solomon Padiz of Philippines Women’s University-JASMS for the singles division. The tandems of Ariel Magnaye-Alvin Morada and Joper Escueta-John Paul Pantig banner the men’s doubles tourney.For the distaffs’ side, top singles player Sarah Joy Barredo leads the pack. Samantha Ramos and Geva de Vera of defending UAAP women’s badminton champions Ateneo Lady Eagles, together with NU’s Thea Pomar, NCAA MVP Nicole Salas of CSB, and DLSU’s Isay Leonardo, will try to dethrone Barredo.In the women’s doubles’ division, UAAP Co-MVPs De Vera and Chanelle Lunod will look to continue their run.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN CONTRIBUTED PHOTONovember will be a busy month for the Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) as the federation will run two tournaments in a span of eight days.The first tourney will be the MVP National Juniors Championships from November 10 to 14 at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati City. The tourney will feature shuttlers from the youth division ages nine to 17.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption PLAY LIST 01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Airmen sizzle in AFP-PNP-PCG Olympics Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast This tournament’s goal is to develop the grassroots program of the sport.“Primarily, this is a program where we want to identify new talents. This is why we have the MVP National Juniors Championships,” said PBA secretary-general Christopher Quimpo in a press conference held at Choi Garden in San Juan City. “We want the kids to compete amongst the best in the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor the seniors group, the PBA will be holding the 5th annual SMART National Open Badminton Tournament from November 14 to 17. The qualifying rounds will still be held at Powersmash while the grand finale will be hosted by Ayala Malls, South Park on the 17th.This tournament will help the PBA develop its pool of national team players and find potential new members. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has well and truly silenced his critics with an outstanding performance in the ongoing third Test against England at Trent Bridge.Pandya followed up on his first innings five-wicket haul with an unbeaten 52 off as many balls in India’s second innings on Monday.Pandya’s efforts saw him enter an exclusive club of Indian players. He is now only the fifth cricketer to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in the same Test match after Lala Amarnath, Vinoo Mankad, Kapil Dev and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.MATCH REPORT | MATCH HIGHLIGHTSIt is also the sixth time an Indian all-rounder has achieved the feat in Test cricket. Pandya had picked up 5 wickets for 28 runs in the first innings in which England got bowled out for 161 runs. It was Pandya’s maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket.I don’t want to be Kapil Dev, says Hardik PandyaPandya’s destructive half-century on Tuesday came after captain Virat Kohli’s 23rd Test hundred which helped India set England a mammoth target of 521 runs to win the Test match.Don’t worry about me: Hardik Pandya hits back at critics after 5 for 28India declared its second innings on 352 for 7 with Kohli top-scoring with 103 while Cheteshwar Pujara made 72 and Pandya remained unbeaten on 52.Trent Bridge Test: Virat Kohli follows up first innings 97 with 23rd hundredKohli’s knock saw him aggregate 200 runs for the second time in this series after the first Test at Birmingham in which he had made 149 and 51.Watch: Virat Kohli blows a kiss to Anushka after 58th international hundredadvertisementThis is the 12th time Kohli has managed to score 200 or more in a Test match which is already an Indian record and fifth-highest overall.In this Test Kohli fell short of his hundred by 3 runs in the first innings but he made up for it by scoring his second 100-plus score in the series.Great to watch Virat Kohli bat from the other end: Cheteshwar PujaraHe also went past 400 runs in the series during his knock. Kohli has amassed 440 runs so far in the series which is the highest from either side.India in England: Virat Kohli joins Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid in elite listNo other Indian captain has scored more runs in a Test series in England than Kohli. Mohammad Azharuddin had managed 426 runs in a three-match series in 1990.Kohli is also the sixth Indian batsman after Sunil Gavaskar, Azahruddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Murali Vijay to aggregate over 400 runs in a Test series in England.This was Kohli’s 58th international hundred and sixth of 2018. He scored four centuries in South Africa (three in ODIs and one in Tests) and two in England so far this year. He ultimately fell for 103 to a Chris Woakes inswinger and walked off to a standing ovation from the Trent Bridge crowd.