Scotland take on Australia in bid for 2017 Sudirman Cup

BADMINTONscotland are looking to capitalise on the success of the Commonwealth Games to bring the Sudirman Cup world mixed team championships back to Scotland for the third time in 2017.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) today confirmed just two bidding candidates to host the Cup by the July 31 deadline – Scotland and Australia.

Scotland are putting forward Glasgow’s Emirates Arena as the venue following the success of the Commonwealth Games badminton competition when more than 100,000 fans watched the 11 days of action.

Australia’s venue will be on Queensland’s Gold Coast, which will stage the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Their venue would be the new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre.

BADMINTONscotland must now wait until the BWF Council meeting in the Peruvian capital of Lima from November 10-14 for the decision.

Chief Executive Anne Smillie said: “Everyone knows we have a great track record of staging world championships in Glasgow.

“We have hosted the Sudirman Cup and the World Individual Championships in the city in 1997 and staged the Sudirman Cup again in 2007.

“We want to build on the success of the Commonwealth Games to bring more world-class badminton to the city and we feel we have a persuasive bid in place thanks to the continued support of Glasgow City Council, EventScotland and UK Sport.

“Hopefully the decision will go in Glasgow’s favour and give us another reason to celebrate when we stage the Scottish Open Grand Prix at the Emirates Arena a week later (November 19-23).”

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