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Badminton Nationals at three locations from February 17

The Senior National Badminton Championships conducted by Sri Lanka Badminton (SLB) will be worked off from February 17 to 21 at the SLB Indoor Stadium, Mercantile BA Indoor Stadium and Otter Aquatic Courts in Colombo.

The reigning Men’s and Women’s Singles champions, Olympian Niluka Karunaratne and Dilmi Dias will begin their title defence at the Mercantile Badminton Association Courts with over 795 shuttlers in action during the five-day Championships.

The championships will see a total of 762 matches being played at three venues. All top ranked shuttlers have been drawn under their respective categories and age groups at the prestigious event.

The other top contenders for the Men’s Singles title are Lochana de Silva, Ranthushka Karunatilake, Chamath Dias and Dinuka Karunatarne. Meanwhile, veteran Chandrika de Dilva will join a draw which also includes Hasini Ambalangodage, Madushika Dilrukshi and Nadeesha Gayanthi in the hunt for the Women’s Singles crown.

Apart from the open events, matches will be conducted under age groups for Boys’ and Girls’ Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 Singles, and Doubles; Men’s Over-35 Singles; Men’s and Women’s Over-40, Over-45 and Over-50 Singles and Doubles; Men’s Over-55 and Over-60 Singles and Doubles; Men’s Over-65 Singles and Doubles will also be held.

The tournament will be conducted as approved by the Ministry of Sports and according to the health guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health.

The matches will be broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook via SLB’ and SLSBA official channels.