# Dateline for entries by players name is Jan 16
Badminton Asia has reminded teams competing in this year’s Badminton Asia Men’s and Women’s Team Championships in Alor Setar in February of the dateline of entries by players name (Online) – which is 16th Jan 2018 (Tuesday).
The championships will be held at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Alor Setar, Kedah from Feb 6-11.
Fifteen teams in the men’s, including defending champions Indonesia and 13 in the women’s, including defending champions China, have confirmed their participation in Alor Setar.
Apart from Indonesia, the other men’s teams are China, Hong Kong China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Chinese Taipei.
Vietnam will compete only in the women’s team event while Kazakhstan, Myanmar and Nepal will not have a team in the women’s team.
The Badminton Asia Team Championships will also serve as the qualifying rounds for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals for Continental Asia.
The top four (semi-finalists) from the Asia Team Championships from each Men’s and Women’s Team categories will qualify for the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Finals to be held in Bangkok from May 20-27 at the Impact Arena.
The Badminton Asia Team Championships will be decided on three singles and two doubles in both men’s and women’s categories.
The group stage will be decided on round robin format from Feb 6-8 with the top two teams from each group qualifying for knockout stage for the quarter-finals. The knockout stage will begin on Feb 9. The semi-finals will be played on Feb 10 and the finals on Feb 11.
Badminton Asia’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Kenny Goh, in reminding the participating teams of the dateline for entries by Players Name (online), said it will be much appreciated if the teams can submit their entries before Jan 16 2018.
“Those who have decided on their teams are welcome to submit their entries earlier to make administration easier instead of waiting till the last minute,” said Kenny Goh.
Indonesia won the men’s title at the last championships with are hard fought 3-2 win over Japan in the final at the last championships held in Hyderabad, India in 2016.
In the semi-finals Japan, who were then powered by Kento Momota, once ranked number two, before he was suspended for gross indiscipline, beat South Korea 3-0 while Indonesia defeated India 3-1.
Badminton powerhouse China are the defending women’s champions. In the final China beat Japan 3-2 for the title. In the semi-finals China beat Korea 3-0 while Japan outclassed Thailand 3-0. – BADMINTON ASIA
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