A hundred years of the world’s greatest badminton tournament — no matter how much one associate’s history and tradition with the All England, it is still an incredible feeling.
As the 100th version opens today, all those who are part of it — players, coaches, officials — will consider themselves lucky. There has been a buzz for weeks leading up to the big day. Few events in badminton now have that effect.
In recent years, the circuit has fallen into rote, a predictable chain of events; hopefully, the All England will come to the rescue and revitalise public interest in the world’s fastest racket sport.
Organisers have planned various events to commemorate the 100th year, such as a ‘history zone’ and an ‘avenue of champions’ that will bring alive moments from earlier championships. Several former champions are expected to attend.