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Some of the biggest names in badminton today converged on the Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre as the Badminton World Federation (BWF) officially launched the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Championships, ahead of competition kicking off thisSunday May 21.

BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer, Gold Coast Mayor and badminton enthusiast Tom Tate, Duncan Pegg MP, Badminton Australia President Geraldine Brown and Australian head coach Lasse Bundgaard were joined by a slew of competing athletes including Australian women’s and mixed doubles playerGronya Somerville, Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, China’s Chen Long, Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara and Korea’s Chang Ye Na.

A number of national team head coaches were also in attendance including Australia’s head coach Lasse Bundgaard, Denmark’s head coach Kenneth Jonassen, China’s head singles coach Xia Xuanze, Japan’s head coach Park Joo-Bong and Korea’s head coach Kang Kyung-jin.

Players also enjoyed their first trial of the Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre’s new badminton courts, which will play host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games badminton competition.

The prestigious TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup event and BWF AGM will see more than 1,500 players from over 160 countries hit the Gold Coast for seven days (May 21-28) of electrifying competition, with several of the visiting players taking in some of the Gold Coast’s most iconic tourist destinations.

The star-studded talent pool for the Sudirman Cup 2017 is drawn from the world’s biggest badminton powerhouses including Korea, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Denmark and Indonesia, and defending title holders China.

The international athlete lineup includes a number of all-time-greats from the sport including current men’s and women’s world #1s (singles and doubles), as well as a large portion of the world’s top 10 across all disciplines.

The 14-player Australian team features some of the nation’s best-ever badminton talents, four Olympic athletes and a slew of young-guns hungry for success of home soil.

This year sees the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup staged in Australia for the very first time, with the week-long competition representing a pinnacle of the world’s second most popular sport.

Supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland’s It’s Live! in Queensland calendar, the 2017 TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup marks the first time the BWF has selected a non-European or Asian destination to host the globally-celebrated event since its founding in 1989.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the star lineup of international badminton players was sure to draw fans of the sport to Queensland.

“We are pleased to welcome competitors and supporters from around the world to our world-class Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre for this highly-anticipated event,” Ms Jones said.

“Our Government is committed to securing headline events like the Sudirman Cup in Queensland.

“This is the first major sporting competition to be hosted in this $105 million state-of-the-art facility ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP said: “The Sudirman Cup provides a fantastic opportunity for the Gold Coast to showcase its new sporting facilities on an international stage in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games next year, while also providing a significant contribution to both the local and state tourism economy.

“Of the 32 countries taking part in the tournament, 12 are Australia’s top tourism markets that account for 70 per cent of overseas visitors here and 68 per cent of total international visitor spend,” Minister Ciobo said.

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said attracting events such as the Sudirman Cup was important to ensure the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games proved a lasting legacy for the city.

“This is the first test of our new world-class venue here at Carrara,” Cr Tate said.

“Part of my legacy program from the Commonwealth Games is to ensure all our venues are well utilised and continue to attract world-class competitions such as this.”

Tickets to the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup tournament are available from Ticketek starting at just $35 with children U15 free accompanied by a paying adult for the first six days of competition. General ticket packages for the finals day are priced at $75.

The ticket pricing ensures this world class badminton event is an affordable and unique experience for the entire family.

Tickets to the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 can be purchased at:

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