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Badminton: China draw Taiwan, France and Russia in Thomas Cup

Chen Long, currently World No. 2, helped China win the 2012 Thomas Cup in Wuhan. Photo: AFP.

Chen Long, currently World No. 2, helped hosts China beat Korea to win the 2012 Thomas Cup in Wuhan. Photo: AFP.

March 31, 2014: Defending champions China were drawn with Chinese Taipei, France and Russia in Group D of the Li-Ning BWF Thomas Cup, which will be held in India for the first time in May.

 

20140331_Draw-Thomas-Cup_300The Thomas Cup – the men’s World Team Badminton Championships – and the Uber Cup, the women’s version, will both be held at Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi from May 18-25.

 

Both men’s and women’s competitions are split into four groups of four, with the two top teams from each group progressing to the knockout stage.

 

China, the nine-time champions, are the top seeds to win the men’s 16-team tournament, which they last secured at home in Wuhan in 2012.

 

Indonesia, who have won a record 13 Thomas Cup titles, are in Group A with Nigeria, Singapore and Thailand. Group B features Denmark, England, Hong Kong and Japan, while Group C comprises Germany, India, Korea and Malaysia.

 

20140331_Draw-Uber-Cup_300Like their men’s team, China’s women were also drawn with Chinese Taipei and Russia, as well as England, in the 16-team Uber Cup.

 

Korea, the 2010 champions, tackle three-time champions Indonesia as well as Australia and Singapore. Canada, Hong Kong, India and Thailand will battle in Group C, while Denmark, Germany, Japan and Malaysia line up in Group D.

 

Thomas Lund, Secretary General of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), said the historic team championships would benefit from a new location.

 

“The Thomas and Uber Cups are two of the most prestigious tournaments in the annals of badminton and the honour and pride of team glory for one’s country is unparalleled,” Lund said.

 

“This year the BWF is pleased to write another chapter in its history with the hosting of the Li-Ling BWF Thomas and Uber Cup finals in India for the first time ever and we are confident of a successful and enjoyable finals.”

 

Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta, President of the Badminton Association of India, emphasised the association’s ability to successfully organise major international events.

 

“India plays host to a Superseries, a Grand Prix Gold and an International Challenge every year and all the players look forward to enjoying our hospitality and support,” he said. “Indian players have shown the world they can challenge and beat the best. The Thomas and Uber Cup will give them an opportunity to take this challenge forward in front of the home crowd.”

 

Source: BWF

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