European badminton spectacle in Novi Sad
Badminton Association of Serbia organized 6th Serbian U17 & Youth Intrenational with more than 500 participants from 18 european countries
Badminton Association of Serbia | 06/20/2018
Yet another badminton spectacle in the city of Novi Sad. Capital city of Vojvodina Region and the second largest city in Serbia hosted more than 500 participants from 18 European countries: Russia, England, Austria, Ukraine, Cyprus, Poland, Slovenia, Latvia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, FYR Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. Serbian Team won a total of seven medals and claimed the title of the most successful team of Serbian U17 International tournament in front of Team Russia and Team Ukraine, each winning a total of five medals. Mihajlo Tomic from Serbia was awarded with the title of tournament MVP. He has won a gold medal in MD with Sergej Lukic and two silver medals, in MS and in XD with Marija Sudimac.
‘’I am truly happy and excited because of my achievements on this tournament, especially with a silver medal in MS because of the fact that I have started the competition as reserve and not knowing that I have been promoted to main draw during the technical meeting after several players made their withdrawals. In the end I have managed to reach the finals and win a silver medal. In MD Sergej Lukic and I have only confirmed the expectations of our coaching staff. The final match was exhausting, the gold medal was won after three very chalenging games and therefore I would like to thank and congratulate the players Jan Janostik and Adam Ehm form Czech Republic for their effort and sportsmanship. In XD with Marija Sudimac, we gave our best in the final match, but fatigue and a loss of focus when it was really important prevented us from claiming the gold medal. I have to say that I did not expect to win the MVP title. This means a lot to me in terms of motivation’’, Mihajlo Tomic stated after the medal ceremony.
The organizers did their best to provide entertainment both on and off the courts. Off court contents included fun area with a number of games and challenges, social media corner, international badminton challenge video contest and a lot of other activities. A lot of good matches and a vast majority of the matches on both tournaments, especially during Saturday and Sunday, recorded three games and winners with the slightest advantage. One of the most suspense matches of the tournament was the final match in WS where Marija Sudimac from Serbia won against Arina Maruschak from Ukraine (2:1)
‘’I am satisfied with my performances on this very strong tournament. I have managed to reach the podium in all three events, and all three medals could have easily been gold medals. The details were the ones which decided the final outcome. Everything regarding the tournament was on the highest level, the players had a lot of support from the stands and it is very emotional and motivating to play in this kind of environment. I would like to thank the management of badminton Association of Serbia for organizing the tournament and off course the coaching staff who did their best to prepare us for the matches. I would also like to thank all of my team mates for their support during this event’’ Marija Sudimac stated after the final match in WS.
This year’s Youth tournament was the record breaker with 187 players in 15 events and a total of 379 matches. It started on Thursday, June 14 and was played along with the U17 BEC Circuit tournament. Very tough competition has been displayed in U11, U13 and U15 in both male and female events. The U9 players also had a chance to compete in BS, GS and Play for Fun – Doubles events. At the end of the tournament the medal count was dispersed between participating countries. Lovro Matovina from Croatia received the ‘’Youngest player’’ award and the title of tournament MVP was awarded to Kaloyana Nalbantova form Bulgaria.
Both tournaments are organized by Badminton Association of Serbia, Badminton Association of Vojvodina and Badminton Club ‘’Novi Sad’’ under the patronage of Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Sport and Youth of Vojvodina, City of Novi Sad, National Tourist Organization of Serbia, Tourist Organization of Novi Sad and with the help of numerous companies: Yonex, Tin šped, Kvas, Eurobank, Integraltechnic, Zlatiborac, Minaqua, Boreas Travel, Koka Plus and Sports Center ‘’Slana Bara’’. Tournaments are regarded as events of national importance by the Government of Republic of Serbia and I would like to express my gratitude for the full support to all of our patrons and friends. In terms of event management we have again did our best to move one step forward and I personally believe that over 300 players and several hundred guests, delegation members and other participants are going to take home only the best impressions form the city of Novi Sad’’, Radomir Jovovic, the President of the Executive Board of Badminton Association of Serbia and Chief of the Organising Committee of both tournaments, stated after the closing ceremony.