All eyes will be on China at the Nongnooch International Convention Exhibition Centre in the Chonburi District of Pattaya – the venue for the BWF Thailand Para International 2023 competition from 9 to 14 May.
Competition is expected to be fierce as there is no shortage of world and Paralympic champions in the lineup with this year’s edition attracting 347 entries from 34 countries.
The hall is new and large, larger than most Para badminton players have ever seen or played in. The floor-to-ceiling LED scoreboards and screens, 10 match courts, four practice courts and two warm-up courts may all seem overwhelming at first but some players are impressed.
“It’s a different feeling playing in such a big hall but it’s comfortable and special. There are so many courts so I don’t think there will be any delay in matches,” said Thailand’s Chanida Srinavakul, who won last year’s SL3-SU5 women’s doubles with Saensupa Nipada.
“All the courts, including for practice and warm-up, are inside the hall and all facilities are on one level such as the athlete’s lounge, dining area, wheelchair storage and repair. There is definitely a lot of space,” said Tournament Director Paisan Rangsikitpho.