Chinese, Japanese, South Koreans along with few names from South East Asia are known to dominate the 13.4 m*6.1 m court of Badminton. The Chinese especially have a rich haul of history in the sport. They will sweep the medals tally and make sure that non-Chinese wont account for the highest prize. With China, Japan and Korea are not a part of the Commonwealth Games, now the attention shifts to the big names from India, England, and Malaysia to shoot for Gold medal in the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth Games.
History of Badminton in Commonwealth Games:
Badminton made its debut in the 1966 Kinston (Jamaica) Commonwealth Games and is taking place in each and every edition since then. England lead the medals tally for the sport with 97 medals in 12 editions followed by Malaysia’s tally of 56 and India’s mere 15.
Winners at 2010 Commonwealth Games:
Mens Singles: Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)
Women’s Singles: Saina Nehwal (India)
Mixed Doubles: Chin Eei Hui and Koo Kien Keat (Malaysia)
Team Event: Malaysia
Venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games:
Emirates Arena is the venue for Badminton in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It has six courts for the event in the games.
2014 Commonwealth Games Star Cast:
With the Chinese not allowed in commonwealth games, all eyes were on Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei and India’s Saina Nehwal to clinch Gold in men’s singles and women’s singles respectively. But weeks before the tournament started, Chong Wei withdrew from the event and Saina followed his footsteps a weak ahead of the Games.
With the absence of these two, now there is a chance wide open for few shuttlers to become a national hero by adding medals to their country’s tally.
The court size for the singles (both men and women) is 5.94 m*5.18 m. Totally there are 64 shuttlers participating in the men’s draw which decides the winner by a knock-out format. If a shuttler loses a match, he is out of the tournament and winner goes through to the next round. Each match will be contested in a best of three games with 21 points each.
The Back boundary Line and the side line will come into account for the doubles events. So the courts will measure 6.7 m*6.1 m on each half. 32 teams take part in men’s and women’s category and 16 teams will participate in mixed teams. Rest of the rules remain the same for the doubles too.
Favourites for Men’s Singles: Malaysia, India, England.
Favourites for Women’s Singles: India, Scotland, Malaysia.
Favourites for Mixed’s Singles: Malaysia, India, England.
Team event will consist of players who will represent their country in the singles and doubles of both men’s and women’s category. The team event will have a best of five matches which includes two singles, two doubles and a mixed doubles.
Favourites: Malaysia, India, England.