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February 7, 2018 Sports No Comments Email Email

The Gold Coast is braced for some of the best and fastest Badminton competition in the world this year with today’s unveiling of the groups for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) mixed team competition.

Australian Commonwealth Games Badminton medallists Rhonda Cator and Michaela Smith were on hand at The Star Gold Coast as the 16 competing nations were drawn into four groups and the schedule for the group playoff stage of the GC2018 Badminton team event was confirmed.

Nations were seeded based on their world rankings and the official draw was completed according to Badminton World Federation (BWF) rules. India as the top nation in world rankings were allocated the top sport in Group A and Malaysia as the number two seed were allocated top spot in Group D. From there, nations were drawn randomly based on their world rankings.

Malaysia are looking for their fourth consecutive gold medal in the exciting team competition, with top-seeded India determined to win the event on the Gold Coast.

England, who won silver in 2014, are seeded third and drew the top spot in Group C. Singapore are seeded fourth and drew Group B, whilst host nation Australia is drawn in Group C.

Group Playoff Stage:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
India Singapore England Malaysia
Scotland Mauritius Australia Canada
Pakistan Zambia South Africa Seychelles
Sri Lanka Jamaica Uganda Ghana

At the conclusion of the draw ceremony, each of the 16 nations were placed into one of four groups. Over the first two days of the Games, 5-6 April, they play each nation in their group, with the top two nations from each group qualifying for the quarterfinals – 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.

The Badminton competition overall, including the singles and doubles competitions, will take place from 5-15 April at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre. The venue which hosted the 2017 Sudirman Cup soon after the venues official opening.

Tickets are still available from $10 for children and $20 for adults. More details on the Badminton program can be found here:

GOLDOC Chairman, Peter Beattie AC:

“With only 57 days until the Games start on 4 April, it’s exciting to be able to announce the nations that will take to the courts of Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre for the Badminton team competition.

“Considered the fastest racket sport in the world, I’m sure spectators will be entertained by the speed, agility and precision on show.

“The Badminton teams event is one of the truly special competitions at the Commonwealth Games, as men and women compete together in the mixed team event.”

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) CEO Mark Peters:

“Badminton is a sport that has true global reach and we will see some of the world’s best in action at these Games.

“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.”

Badminton World Federation (BWF) representative Venugopal Mahalingam:

“The mixed team event is going to be a great beginning for the Badminton championship at GC2018.

“Eight months ago we were here for test event for the mixed team championship, the Sudirman Cup and it set a high international standard which has created a great excitement for Badminton ahead of GC2018.”

Australian Commonwealth Games Badminton medallists Rhonda Cator:

“I think the draw has come out quite well, there are some good rivalries there in the Group stage with England against Australia and India against Pakistan.

“Singapore has probably got the easier group of it all, so it’ll be interesting come Games time.

“I think Australia will be very happy with the draw (Group C). The only negative thing about it is they then may have to come up with India or Malaysia in the quarter finals.

“But I think Australia will be very happy and if they can get through to the quarter finals, it’s anyone’s game from there.”

GC2018 Multicultural Community Ambassador Wai Kiong Chan:

“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.

“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.”

GC2018 Teams Knockout Stage:

The draw for the knockout stage of the competition is completed immediately after the last match of the group play off is over. The top team of each group will be ranked in order of their world rankings. These teams will be considered as seeds number one to four for the draw.

Seed one will be placed in position one and seed two will be placed in position eight of the knockout draw. Seeds three and four will be placed in positions three and six of the knockout draw and their position will be drawn by lot.

The runners up in each group will fill positions two, four, five and seven of the knockout draw, their positions will be drawn by lot. The top two ranked teams from each group cannot play each other in the quarter finals stage.

Recent team competition history at the Commonwealth Games:

Glasgow 2014: Malaysia (gold), England (silver), Singapore (bronze)
Delhi 2010: Malaysia (gold), India (silver), England (bronze)
Melbourne 2006: Malaysia (gold), England (silver), India (bronze)

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