500 days to go to Glasgow's World Championships

The countdown begins in earnest today with 500 days to go until the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017 come to Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 21-27 August next year.

Tickets will go on sale on 6 June but before that, fans who have registered for priority access tickets will have the opportunity to get their pick of the seats when the pre-sale starts on 23 May... and it’s not too late to get on the list if you haven’t already done so. Just go to www.glasgow2017.com to register.

To mark the 500-day milestone former world silver medallist Robert Blair, who was also a bronze medal winner with Imogen Bankier at the Commonwealth Games, today visited the Easter Holiday badminton camps being staged by Glasgow Life at the National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun.

The Scotland doubles star gave the children some coaching pointers and talked to them about what it’s like to play in a world championships and the magical feeling you have standing on the podium at the end of a major tournament.

Robert said: “It was great to see the youngsters enjoying their badminton and hopefully they will get the chance to come and watch the sport’s best players when the World Championships come to Glasgow next year.”

The Emirates hosted the highly successful badminton tournament at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and is now the established home of the Scottish Open Grand Prix every November.

BADMINTONscotland has already organised and hosted several global events including the World Championships and Sudirman Cup in a two-week feast of badminton in 1997 as well as the 2007 Sudirman Cup.

Now the governing body is ready to enhance its worldwide reputation for staging major events. The World Championships promises to be one of the highlights in Glasgow’s 2017 sporting calendar and is being delivered in partnership with Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council and with funding support from EventScotland and UK Sport.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017 will be another opportunity for Scotland to prove that it is the perfect stage for major sporting events and builds upon the nation’s commitment to attract internationally-significant events year-upon-year.

“It is with great excitement that we pass the 500 days to go milestone to this tremendously important occasion, which will not only bring hundreds of athletes and thousands of spectators to Glasgow, but also inspire Scotland’s next generation to become engaged in sport for the years to come.”

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “We can feel the excitement growing day by day and we want the whole city to get behind this global badminton event coming to Glasgow.

“We want to build a lasting legacy on the back of these Championships and get more and more people of all ages playing badminton. There won’t be a better opportunity to grow the sport in Scotland.

“For some of our youngsters the Easter Camps are the first steps in a long-lasting love affair with a sport you can play from childhood to old age. I look forward to seeing many of these youngsters at our Scottish Open Grand Prix in November and at the World Championships next year.”

Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham OBE, said: “The countdown is now well and truly on for the 2017 World Badminton Championships – the next major international sporting event to be hosted in Glasgow during what is a golden era for sport.

“It promises to be a showcase of top-class action with the very best players from across the world set to grace the Emirates Arena – the same venue that gave us so many magical moments during the Commonwealth Games.

“But it will not just be about world-class sporting competition next summer. Events such as the World Badminton Championships will help inspire the next generation of players which is what we are seeing at camps such as todays. It will also reinforce our reputation as one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities – a position built on our investment in world-class facilities and our international events programme.”

Tickets go on general sale on 6 June but if you can’t wait that long go to www.glasgow2017.com to register your interest for the priority access pre-sale which starts on 23 May.

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