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BADMINTONscotland: Be among First to Play in Glasgow’s new Emirates Arena

After the thrill of playing in the Olympic Games at Wembley Arena, many of the world’s stellar badminton players will now get to compete at the new Emirates Arena in Glasgow during next month’s Scottish International Championships.

For the last 20 years the Scottish Open – the third-oldest tournament in the sport – has been staged at the world-famous Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena. However, the Emirates Arena, the main venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, officially opened on 7 October and the Scottish International Championships will be the first international badminton event to be staged there when it takes place 21-25 November.

“This year’s championships offer players hoping to compete in the Commonwealth Games a great opportunity to be among the first to play in the arena and to get a feel for the hall two years in advance,” noted Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland.

“Of course, players from all over the world are welcome to enter, not just Commonwealth Games hopefuls. We are used to having 30 or 40 nations represented at our great old championships and we want this year’s tournament to be as good as ever, if not better than ever. We are expecting more than 250 players to enter.

“On top of that we will be running the renowned Play Badminton Carnivals that we developed so well at the Kelvin Hall. More than 3,000 Scottish schoolchildren will come through the doors of Emirates Arena throughout championship week for what is an incredible experience: a major coaching initiative taking place in tandem with a major championship.”

Once again this premier event on Europe’s badminton circuit will run for five days starting with qualifying rounds on Wednesday, 21 November. The early rounds take place on Thursday and Friday, with quarter and semi-finals on Saturday morning and afternoon, and the finals on the Sunday.

Players are assured a warm welcome in Glasgow with the closing date for entries Tuesday, 30 October (deadline 23.59 at BWF headquarters). All entries are to be submitted using the BWF online entry system.

Entry invitations have already been circulated to all member nations but Smillie added: “We particularly wanted to flag up this exciting new venue to all players who are eager to come to Glasgow this autumn. It’s a chance to take part in one of the most enjoyable and sociable tournaments on the circuit.”

The link to entry forms and other information is:

http://www.badmintonscotland.org.uk/index.php/tournaments/icalrepeat.detail/2012/11/24/150/-/scottish-international-badminton-championships

 

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