A new season for Badminton Malta has kicked off for 2016/17 with a new, fresh look being given to competitions. A new set-up has been mainly given to the ranking tournaments, first of which, was held recently and saw the best of Maltese Badminton battling for the title and for precious ranking points which will eventually determine the local ranking list. The format of this competition is based on a compass format where a knockout is played with the winners advancing to the next round and the losers to continue competing to determine all the placings. This gives a chance to all participants to play the maximum games possible to gain more competition experience to fit Badminton Malta’s vision to increase participation in top international competitions.
This first Ranking tournament started with qualifier rounds where lower ranked players fought for a place in the main draw. In the men’s category Avner Vella and Zack Cilia made it to the main draw while in the women’s category Maya Xuereb and Michela Gatt managed to qualify to the next round.