The reigning champion of Europe in badminton Russians Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov won the tournament Yonex All England 2016. This is the official website of the tournament.
In the final, held on 13 March at Birmingham English, the Russians beat Japanese pair Hiroyuki Endo/Kenichi Hayakawa. The match ended with the score 2:1 (21:23, 21:18, 21:16). The day before in the semifinals, Ivanov and Sozonov was stronger than the first pair of the world And Koreans Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong, beating them by the same score (14:21, 21:17, 21:15).
As reported by “the Ribbon.ru” the head of the press service of the National badminton Federation of Russia (NFBR) Alexander Bagdatli, “this victory is historic for our country.” “Previously, the Russians have never won a tournament in the badminton world known as the unofficial world championship. Moreover, until 1977, when it was established the world championship, and he played the role,” said Bagdatli.
He also noted that during the tournament the Russian Duo put many principled opponents that are higher in the ranking. For the victory at All England Sazonov and Ivanov will receive 11 000 Olympic ranking points, which virtually guarantees a ticket to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
All England Open is the most prestigious and one of the oldest tournaments in badminton. It was first held in 1898. Since then, annually, twice interrupted on the First and Second world war.