by Hector Sentillas
Abu Dhabi – Community leaders, women advocate groups and badminton enthusiasts gathered in the UAE capital for the launch of Smash of Hope 2019: Community Badminton Tournament, hosted by the Badminton Queuing and Walk ahead Sports Services in Tryp Hotel, followed by a dinner.
“This initiative aims to raise awareness to the community especially women about the importance of screening, sports and healthy lifestyle and to know more about breast cancer,” Percivic Delantar, Tournament Director and a badminton player said.
Breast Cancer is the leading cause of death among women on the latest statistics, according to Department of Health in Abu Dhabi. Research shows that 1 out of 8 women is at risk of getting breast cancer, and without early detection, could lead to permanent disability and death.
October is the Breast Cancer Month and people around the world is celebrating the occasion through awareness activities, health campaigns, and other community activities.
Managing Director of Walkahead Sports Services, Uttam Sigh Arora said, “We are inviting the community, women and families to support this cause, and join the fight against breast cancer. This is just the start of more health incorporated sports events that we will do in the future.”
The community badminton tournament is set to start 18th of October, in American Community School of Abu Dhabi. It is expected to house hundreds of players and spectators for 12 main events, played according to different skill levels for men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles. All players participating the tournament will receive freebies including badminton uniforms, raffle tickets, discount vouchers and other gift items. The event is supported by Kawasaki as the official tournament apparel, Emirates NBD, Nexus and Ayala Land International.
Minimum fee is required to register and all winners will receive trophies, cash and other gift items from sponsors. Registration is open to all nationalities and you can join by visiting www.badmintonqueuing.org.
All women participants will also receive a voucher from the partner healthcare facility for a free mammogram and consultation to a specialist obstetrician and gynecologist.