Richmond Olympic Oval hosts Racket Rally 2009 from April 3-5



    
    ...an International Round-Robin Tournament and public festival featuring
    the best Badminton and Table Tennis players in the world
    

    RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - The Richmond Olympic Oval today announced
it will host Racket Rally 2009, an International Round-Robin Invitational
featuring three of each of the top Badminton and Table Tennis players in the
world. Taking place from April 3-5, 2009 at the Oval, Racket Rally 2009 will
be staged in an intimate 1,950 seat stadium set up on the Oval floor.
Presented by the Fairchild Media Group, the event will be broadcast on both
Fairchild Television (Cantonese) and Talentvision (Mandarin).
    The event will be the first of its kind in the world, and one of few
times players of this caliber have competed in North America. "The Richmond
Olympic Oval is thrilled to be hosting Racket Rally 2009. After seeing the
popularity of both Table Tennis and Badminton at the Beijing Olympics we can't
wait to see some of the best summer Olympians right here in our own Olympic
venue," said John Mills, General Manager, Richmond Olympic Oval. "With today's
exciting announcement, the Oval will now play host to Olympic calibre speed
skating, table tennis and badminton, plus wheelchair basketball, all before we
host the Games in 2010," said Mills.

    
    Featured Badminton players include:

    Peter Gade of Denmark (No. 4 in the world, European Champion)
    Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia (No. 7 in the world, Gold Medallist in the
    2004 Olympics, 2005 World Champion)
    Andre Tedjono of Indonesia (No. 18 in the world, winner of 3 Grand Prix
    events in 2008)

    Along with featured Table Tennis players:

    Chen Weixeng of Austria (2007/08 European Champions League winner)
    Robert Gardos of Austria (Semi-finalist in 2008 Olympics - doubles)
    Leung Chu Yan of Hong Kong (Quarter-finalist at 2004 Olympics)
    

    Racket Rally features a three-man round-robin match format for each
sport, taking place over four sessions on three days. Players will compete for
total prize money of $20,000. Each session will feature both a badminton and
table tennis match with the final match for each sport featured on Sunday,
April 5.
    In addition to the ticketed competitive tournament, event partners
Badminton BC and the BC Table Tennis Association will each be hosting
tournaments as part of the Racket Rally Festival. The Racket Rally Festival
will see the 512,000 square foot Richmond Olympic Oval overtaken by racket
sports. One third will contain the 1,950 seat stadium court while the balance
will feature dozens of table tennis, badminton and even tennis courts. The
general public can see the Festival free of charge, watch some competitive
table tennis and badminton matches and even try their hand at these
deceptively fast sports themselves by participating in clinics and coaching
sessions. "We're delighted that the Richmond Olympic Oval is already
demonstrating their post-Olympic legacy use as a centre for sports excellence
and a health and wellness centre for the community," said Brock Turner, CEO of
Badminton BC. "Along with our friends in the Badminton community, the BC Table
Tennis Association is delighted that the Oval is providing us the opportunity
to showcase our sport as part of Racket Rally 2009," said Amelia Ho, President
of the BC Table Tennis Association.
    Tickets for Racket Rally 2009 will be offered as a four-session series
package or on a per session basis with Series tickets starting at $110 and
single session tickets starting at $33. Exclusive Row 1 VIP Courtside Seats
are also available starting at $100 per session and include VIP hospitality
and parking. Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 14 at 9 a.m. at all
Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 604-280-4400 or online at
www.ticketmaster.ca/racketrally.
    For information about how to participate in the Racket Rally Festival
tournaments for both Badminton BC and the BC Table Tennis Association, visit
www.badmintonbc.com or www.bctta.ca.
    For more information on Racket Rally 2009 visit www.racketrally.net.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Aran Kay, Communications and PR
Coordinator, Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation, Tel: (778) 296-1441, Cell:
(604) 346-7697, Email: akay@richmondoval.ca; Ted Townsend, Senior Manager,
Corporate Communications, City of Richmond, Tel: (604) 276-4399, Cell: (604)
516-9585, Email: ttownsend@richmond.ca

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