The GC2018 Badminton team draw
The Gold Coast is set for some of the best and fastest Badminton competition in the world, with the groups for the GC2018 mixed team competition unveiled on Tuesday.
Conducted at The Star Gold Coast, 16 competing nations were drawn into four groups, confirming the schedule for the group playoff stage of the mixed team event.
The GC2018 Badminton mixed team draw
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
Nations were seeded based on their world rankings. As the top nation, India were allocated the top spot in Group A, with tough competition in Scotland, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Malaysia were allocated top spot in Group D as the number two seed. Remaining nations were then drawn based on their world rankings.
India’s Saina Nehwal returns during her quarterfinal women’s singles match during the 2017 BWF Championships in Glasgow
Malaysia will head into competition as the nation to beat, having won the past three consecutive gold medals in the team event, but they’ll have strong competition in India, who will take to the courts at Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre as the top seed.
Host nation Australia will challenge Glasgow 2014 silver medallists England in Group C to secure a berth in the knockout stage.
The knockout stage of the competition will see each nation play all other teams in their group, with the top two progressing to the knockout stage to play for medals. The group competition will run from 5-6 April with the knockout stage taking place from 7-9 April.
GC2018 Multicultural Community Ambassador, Wai Kiong Chan hosted the draw announcement and shared the Malaysian community’s excitement about the Games.
“The Malaysian community is extremely excited about Badminton. Out of all the sports at GC2018, Badminton is one that the community is so excited about because the sport itself is so popular in Malaysia. It’s like cricket or rugby league here. They grow up with it,” he said.
“It’s great that the Commonwealth Games brings everyone together as there are so many other countries from various regions of the Commonwealth taking part.”
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters was also looking forward to the competition and expected the Badminton competition to draw widespread interest across the world.
“Badminton is a sport that has true global reach and we will see some of the world’s best in action at these Games,” he said.
“Along with those packing the stands at Carrara, Badminton is sure to draw huge television audiences in Asia, which is one of the sport’s strongholds.
“I look forward to seeing nations such as Malaysia, India, England and Singapore going head-to-head along with host nation Australia and other emerging Badminton countries.”
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