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Battle of the ages at Doubles Mania

Published:Friday | February 6, 2015 | 5:51 PMShayne Fairman

Joseph Clarke, who is the country's only internationally certified badminton referee, is banking on players' experience and passion for the game to carry out his vice-president mandate at the Jamaica Badminton Association.

His task of growing the sport takes off with Doubles Mania, a tournament that is scheduled to begin at the Constant Spring Golf Club's Racquet Complex in St Andrew at 9 a.m. today and continue tomorrow with the finals that are slated to commence at 3 p.m.

Competition will take place in four divisions: A - for international representatives, B - top juniors, C - club-level participants, and D - for beginners.

"Our players will get a chance to brush up/improve, as it will be a good test for everybody to participate and see where they are at competitively," Clarke explained.

"We are expecting a lot of juniors to test themselves against seniors today and get ideal preparation for our Jamaica International Championships in March," he added, of the first competitive fixture for 2015.

There will be open division competition and mixed doubles.

The rivalries should be intense,

as competitors are expected to give their all to make the national team

for March's Jamaica International Championships at the Alfred

Sangster Auditorium, University of Technology.

It will get under-way from March 19-22, and takes on a level-four international event format. Level-four competition enables Pan American players to gain crucial Olympic-qualifying points.