The draws for the following categories were announced:
1. Mens Singles Dr. M.S.Gill - Sports Minister of India
2. Womens Singles Mr. Suresh Kalmadi-President, Indian Olympic Association
3. Mens Double Mr. Mike FennellPresident, Commonwealth Games Federation
4. Womens Doubles Ms. Sindhushree .Khullar Secretary (Ministry of Sports)
5. Mixed Doubles Mr. Paisan Rangsikitpho, Deputy President, Badminton World Federation
Talking about Badminton in our country spoke, Mr. V.K.Verma President, BAI, The future for Badminton in India looks very promising with the growing and improved infrastructural and training facilities. We are very confident that there is no dearth of talent in the country and with the right training and access to World Class equipments and facilities provided by YONEX-Sunrise, India can churn out World Champions! The recent example would be none other than Saina Nehwal, who has beaten the best in the world and is now, not only in the World Top 10, but has also achieved a ranking of World No.6! We look forward to her being in the Top 3 Players!
Added Mr. D.K.Seth, Managing Director, Sunrise & Co. (PTE) Ltd, The BWF World Championships is a tournament which sees participation from the best players across the world who come together to compete for the ultimate honor. With the World No.1 badminton brand YONEX as the backbone for the sport, we strongly believe in providing the best equipment and support for nurturing young talent in badminton. This years BWF World Championships 2009 will be a great platform for some of them to showcase their talent in an international arena. Team India, will be coached by the veteran badminton player, Pulella Gopichand and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing some super performances!
The championship is to be held at Hyderabad from August 10-16, 2009, will see around 500 participants from 45 countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark, Japan, China, Sweden, Vietnam, England, Korea, France, Austria, Belgium, Thailand etc. competing for the top honors. Leading players like Taufik Hidayat (Indonesia), Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Peter Gade (Denmark) and Saina Nehwal (India) will also be participating in the tournament.