LAHORE - The 14th edition of All Pakistan Aamer Hayat Khan Rokhri Badminton Tournament will be played here from April 23 to 29 at the New Khan Badminton Hall.

Punjab Badminton Association (PBA) president Sharez Abdullah Khan Rokhri said this at a press conference on Friday. Tournament organising secretary Tayyab Sohail, Pakistan Badminton Technical Officials Association president Syed Naqi Mohsin were also present there.

He said the tournament, a regular annual feature, would be participated by top players of the country. “The event offers a total cash prize of Rs 150,000 which will be distributed among the winners of various events,” said the PBA chief.

Sharez said badminton had been facing constant decline in the last three years due to existence of a parallel Pakistan Badminton Federation (PBF) and the country has lost its international recognition at international level. “In the regime of my late father Aamer Rokhri, we were at 62nd in world ranking and now there is no Pakistani player in the 500 worldwide standing which speaks volume of sorry state of badminton affairs,” he asserted.

“To lift the badminton out of present gloom we are doing our best by organising badminton activities and this tournament is part of our endeavour to put the game at the road of progress. Our aim is to make badminton a popular sport and to re-establish Pakistan’s status in Asia and world as well,” Shahrez added.

Highlighting the salient features of the tournament, he said that teams from all the four provinces, FATA, Gilgit Biltistan, AJK and Wapda, Army, Police and other departments would take part in it. “The events to be contested are men’s singles, doubles, women’s singles and doubles, team event and mixed doubles. Pakistan No 1 Wajid Ali and Palwasha Basheer will defend their titles in men’s singles and ladies singles respectively,” he concluded.