Former National men’s champion Arvind Bhat and 2007 junior girl’s champion Ruth Mishra Vinod will lead the field in the Chettinad Cement 5-Star State-ranking badminton tournament which beginss here on Saturday.

Apart from Bhat and Ruth, the 2012 senior National women’s doubles runner-up Varsha Belawadi and G.M. Nischitha are the other popular names who feature in the 22nd edition of the tournament held at the Sadashivanagar Club courts.

Ashwini Bhat, the current National under-13 champion, will spearhead the junior girl’s division in the event which offers a total prize money of Rs. 1,60,000.

The qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday will be split between the KBA courts and the Sadashivanagar Club Courts, while all main draw matches will take place at the Sadashivanagar Club courts, according to N.C. Sridhar, the KBA Honourary Secretary, at a press conference on Friday.

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