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THE final entry, when ratified, is likely to make the eighth World Badminton Championships the biggest. Staged in Britain for the first time, they will be held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, opening with the team event from 25 to 30 May and followed by the individual championships from 31 May to 6 June.

The quality field includes a strong team from Indonesia, who performed so well at the All-England Championships at Wembley in March. Darren Hall, the former European champion, and Steve Butler, from Coventry, will be England's medal hopes in the men's singles, while Gillian Gowers and Gillian Clark feature in the women's doubles.

The accommodation section of the Birmingham Convention and Visitor Bureau at the National Exhibition Centre provides a free booking service, which covers many hotels in the city centre and at Edgbaston offering special rates for the championships.

Flights Travel Group Ltd, of Birmingham, is the official travel agent and its subsidiary, Flights Conference Services Ltd, is organising both half- day and day sightseeing tours during the championships.

World Team Championships, 24 May to 30 May, World Individual Championships, 31 May to 6 June, National Indoor Arena, King Edward's Road, Birmingham.

Tickets (available from NIA): Team event: 25-27 May: afternoon pounds 3 adults, pounds 1.50 children; evening pounds 6, pounds 3. 28 May: day pounds 3, pounds 1.50. 28-29 May: semi-finals pounds 12, pounds 8, pounds 4 adults; children half-price. 30 May: final pounds 15, pounds 10, pounds 5 and half-price. Individual championships: 31 May-2 June pounds 3 adult, pounds 1.50 children. 3-4 June: pounds 15, pounds 12, pounds 6 adults, children half-price. 5-6 June: semi-finals and finals pounds 25, pounds 20, pounds 10 and half-price. Season tickets available. (Tel: 021-633 3333).

Birmingham Convention and Visitor Bureau, National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT (Tel: 021-780 4321).

Flights Conference Services Ltd, Central Mall, International Convention Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA (Tel: 021- 212 4433).

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