IT&E badminton tournament starts Friday


Badminton action returns this Friday at the TSL Sports Complex with the Northern Marianas Badminton Association’s first major tournament in more than a year. The competition is sponsored by IT&E.

The 2018 IT&E Badminton Tournament will be held for two weekends, starting from May 11 to 13 and culminating from May 18 to 20. Competitions will be in singles, and men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles both in the men’s and women’s divisions.

The registration fee is $10 for single entry and $5 for each additional category. The deadline for submission of entries is on May 9, Wednesday. NMBA is requiring that all registration and membership fees must be paid in order to qualify and play in the tournament.

Registration can be submitted to NMBA secretary general Christy Villaflor at

This weekend’s competition is NMBA’s second for 2018, as it hosted a short tournament in February with seven pairs emerging as champions. Ichiro Borja, Windy Fernandez, and Irish Pagarao led the list of winners after they each won two division titles in the TanHoldings-sponsored tournament.

The NMBA, early this year, has elected a new set of officers and they plan to renew interest in the sport and continue its youth development program, as the 2021 Pacific Mini Games that Saipan will be hosting nears.

Merlie Tolentino was elected president along with Chris Hilario (first vice president), Tommy Kim (second vice president), Shirley Kim (treasurer), and board members Jaja Samonte, Elna Curate, Hannah Choi, Lani Santos, and Patrick Fernandez.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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