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Robert BlairSCOTLAND'S top badminton players head for Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to compete in the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships.

The Cup runs from May 19-26 and marks Robert Blair's comeback to international duty after serving his requalification following his return from England. Blair won three caps for Scotland before departing 13 years ago and went on to win 53 England caps and a world men's doubles silver medal in 2006 before deciding to return to Scotland.

Before departing for Kuala Lumpur Blair said: "It's really quite exciting to be back playing for Scotland. It's a very good Scotland team. There is experience and some very talented youngsters."

Blair is the elder statesman at 31 while Caitlin Pringle, with just one cap, is the rookie at just 19. Blair is the most experienced player in the eight-strong squad while Imogen Bankier is the other world silver medallist after her success with England's Chris Adcock at the 2011 World Championships at Wembley.

Scotland face Russia, USA and Sweden in the group stages with the group winners meeting the winner of a group containing Netherlands, France, Canada and Austria in the knockout stage. Scotland need to top the group and then land the knockout blow if they are to win promotion to the 12-strong elite Group 1.


Robert Blair (Glasgow, Age 31, 3 caps)
Martin Campbell (Edinburgh, Age 22, 8 caps)
Kieran Merrilees (Glasgow, Age 23, 17 caps)
Paul Van Rietvelde (Longniddry, Age 21, 16 caps)

Imogen Bankier (Glasgow, Age 25, 45 caps)
Jillie Cooper (Edinburgh, Age 24, 34 caps)
Kirsty Gilmour (Glasgow, Age 19, 11 caps)
Caitlin Pringle (Glasgow, Age 19, 1 cap)


Coaches: Yvette Yun Luo, John Quinn


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