February

Scotland to Face Top Seeds in the Gold Coast

The Star Gold Coast was the venue as the draw for the group stages of the badminton team competition at the Commonwealth Games 2018 was held.

Nations were seeded based on their world rankings and the official draw was completed according to Badminton World Federation (BWF) rules.

Once the top two seeded teams, India and Malaysia, were allocated spots in Group A ad Group D respectively, England and Singapore (the next two highest ranked teams) were drawn into Groups C and B.

From here, countries were allocated groups randomly based on their world rankings with Scotland drawn in an exciting Group A alongside India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Over the first two days of the Games, 5-6 April, teams will play each nation in their group in a round-robin format, with the top two nations from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals – where the knockout phase begins.

The draw for the knockout stage of the competition, which runs from 7-9 April, will be determined immediately after the last match of the group playoff stage.

Reacting to the draw, Badminton Team Manager, Christine Black, said: “I think the players will be quite happy with that group. All four nations will be strong but we’ve just got to focus on ourselves and make sure we finish in the top two to get through to the quarter-finals. We have a young team who will be quite capable of that and if we could beat India that would be a fantastic result.”

The Badminton competition will take place from 5-15 April at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, the venue which hosted the 2017 Sudirman Cup. The Mixed Team competition will be the first event on the programme and is followed by the Singles and Doubles events.

 

[content courtesy of Team Scotland]