World Badminton C’ships draw

The BWF World Badminton Championships which takes place from 8-14 August 2011 at Wembley Arena is being used by London 2012 organisers for vital testing ahead of next year’s Olympic Badminton competition.

The draw for the World Championships was announced yesterday at the Tower of London by Olympic Silver medallist from Athens, Gail Emms. LOCOG will be testing elements of its operations including results and technology, press operations and sports presentation. Another focus is the opportunity to familiarise our workforce team with Wembley Arena.

Yesterday’s draw has revealed some fascinating head to head matches a year before the Olympic Games. Tickets are still available for the BWF World Badminton Championships, which provides a great opportunity for spectators to see the British athletes play on home soil.

“We are proud to be hosting the World Badminton Championships on home soil, inspiring Londoners to get behind the British athletes one year ahead of the Olympic Games. The fact that the 2012 Olympic Badminton competitions are already sold out is a testament to the huge enthusiasm for the sport in the UK, and in terms of our Olympic preparation it doesn’t get any bigger than this” said Adrian Christy CEO of BADMINTON England.

Debbie Jevans, London 2012 Director of Sport said: “It is vital for us to test all aspects of our operations ahead of the Games next year. Having the World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena gives an ideal opportunity to do this in a world-class environment with world-class athletes.”

Gail Emms also commented: “The World Championships are a fantastic opportunity for the public to show support for the British athletes. With excitement building for London 2012, the battle for the World Badminton Championships this year is set to be an exciting one, and I know how important our home crowd support will be in getting behind the players. I urge all badminton fans to lift the roof of the famous Wembley Arena!”

Men’s singles:
Rajiv Ouseph v (3) Peter Gade (Den)
Carl Baxter v Henri Hurskainen (Swe)
Toby Penty v Alistair Casey (Sco)

Women’s singles:
Susan Egelstaff (Sco) v Michelle Li (Can)
Elizabeth Cann v Michelle Chan Ky (Nzl)
Sarah Walker v Pi Hongyan (Fra)

Men’s doubles:
Chris Adcock & Andrew Ellis v Hugo Arthuso & Daniel Paiola (Bra)
Marcus Ellis & Peter Mills v Vladimir Ivanov & Ivan Sozonov (Rus)
Chris Langridge & Anthony Clark v Yoshiteru Hirobe & Kenta Kazuno (Jpn)
Martin Campbell & Angus Gilmour (Sco) v Ross Smith & Glenn Warfe (Aus)

Women’s doubles:
Mariana Agathagelou & Heather Olver v Chan Tsz Ka & Chau Hoi Wah (Hkg)
Jenny Wallwork & Gabby White v Eei Hui Chin & Wong Pei Tty (Mas)
Alex Langley & Lauren Smith v Noelia Jiminez & Paula Rodriguez (Spa)

Mixed doubles:
Nathan Robertson & Jenny Wallwork bye
Chris Adcock & Imongen Bankier (Sco) v Toby Ng & Grace Gao (Can)
Marcus Ellis & Heather Olver v Alexandr Nikolaenko & Valeri will have live score updates on all GAA Championship matches over the summer.


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