Serbian U17 & Youth International Novi Sad 2020 survived the pandemic
Organisation of Serbian BEC U17 Circuit and Youth Tournament, held in the city of Novi Sad from November 20-22, managed to maintain continuity despite the heavy situation with the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.
Badminton Association of Serbia, under the patronage of Badminton Europe Confederation, Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Provincial Secretariat for Sport and Youth of Vojvodina, in partnership with European Universities Games – Belgrade 2021 and with the technical support of Badminton Association of Vojvodina and Badminton Club Novi Sad, managed to organize the eighth edition of Serbian U17 International and Serbian Youth International tournaments in the City of Novi Sad despite the current heavy situation related to COVID-19 pandemic.
Initially scheduled for the month of June, the tournament had to be postponed due to outbreak of the pandemic. New dates were set for the end of the year hoping that the situation will be more favourable in the latter part of the year. Although the situation was getting more and more complicated and the level of uncertainty was on the rise, the organisers did not give up on the idea to maintain continuity of this significant international events and did their best in order to create both safe and competitive environment for all participants.
Serbian U17 & Youth International Novi Sad 2020 was organized as a test badminton competition for the 5th European Universities Games Belgrade 2021 which will be held in July next year. This was a perfect opportunity to use and put to test scoring, livestream with TV graphics, ITC services, brand new sports equipment and all COVID-19 related guidelines ‘’in vivo’’ in order to enhance and upgrade organisational know-how for this and all future badminton events to be organised in extraordinary situations such as this one.
Competitors from Slovenia, Hungary, Romania and Serbia have all reached the podium on the final day of the U17 tournament. Serbia and Slovenia have equalised the medal count and the most valuable player of U17 tournament was Mark Korosa from Slovenia winning the gold medals in Men’s Singles and Mixed Doubles and a silver medal in Men’s Doubles. Andjela Vitman from Serbia, last year’s European U17 Championships team event silver medalist, came second best with two gold medals out of two events – Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
Serbian U17 International medal winners were the following:
Men’s Singles: 1. Mark Korosa (Slovenia), 2. Kean Gabor Kigyos (Hungary), 3/4 Aleksandar Jovicic (Serbia), 3/4 Calin Tudor Turcu (Romania), Women’s Singles: 1. Nika Bedic (Slovenia), 2. Nina Bogdanovic (Serbia), 3/4 Sanja Peric (Serbia), 3/4 Andra Stoica (Romania), Men’s Doubles: 1. Aleksandar Jovicic / Igor Jovanovic (Serbia), 2. Anel Hac Gyorkos / Mark Korosa (Slovenia), 3/4 Dinu Pandele / Luca-Stefan Pandele (Romania), 3/4 Milos Dmitrovic / Ugljesa Mihajlovic (Serbia), Women’s Doubles: 1. Andjela Vitman / Nina Bogdanovic (Serbia), 2. Nika Bedic / Kim Matovic (Slovenia), 3/4 Iasmina Bugarchi / Silvia Maier (Romania), 3/4 Raluca Naghi / Andra Stoica (Romania), Mixed Doubles: 1. Mark Korosa (Slovenia) / Andjela Vitman (Serbia), 2. Aleksandra Jovicic / Sanja Peric (Serbia), 3/4 Anel Hac Gyorkos / Nika Bedic (Slovenia), 3/4 Luca-Stefan Pandele / Denisa-Maria Muscalu (Romania).
The Youth tournament was dominated by Romanians followed closely by best Serbian U15, U13 and U11 players.
‘’With the full implementation of safety measures prescribed by the Government of Republic of Serbia and Safety Guidelines for BWF / BEC sanctioned tournaments, Serbia successfully organized BEC U17 Circuit and Youth tournament which hosted participants from six European countries: Hungary, Spain, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Serbia. This was a unique experience. I would like to thank all the foreign and domestic participants and organising team for making our tournaments possible. Thanks to great efforts of all the relevant stakeholders and institutional support we maintained the continuity in organizing Serbian U17 & Youth International. In the end, It was the victory of badminton.’’ – Radomir Jovovic, President of the Executive Board of Badminton Association of Serbia, made a statement.
For the full results of BEC U17 Circuit Tournament, click here.
For the full results of Youth Tournament, click here.
All the central court matches were streamed live and are still available to watch on Badminton Association of Serbia official YouTube channel.