The first ever international badminton competition at Glasgow’s stunning new Emirates Arena proved a smash hit with fans with over 5,000 people attending over the course of the event.
The five-day Scottish International Badminton Championships, hosted by BADMINTONscotland in partnership with Glasgow Life, attracted around 300 elite players from 32 nations. The action got underway on Wednesday and drew to a close tonight (Sunday) when around 3,000 fans packed into the £113million Emirates Arena, the same venue that will host the badminton competition during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Throughout the event BADMINTONscotland and Glasgow Life also operated a series of Play Badminton Carnivals in the iconic Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The carnivals gave thousands of Scottish schoolchildren the opportunity to receive coaching and guidance from some of Scotland’s top badminton coaches before also being given the opportunity to watch some top-class badminton action in the main arena.
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Once again the Emirates Arena has shown why it is the new home of Scottish sport, with the Scottish International Badminton Championships thrilling the fans.
“As we look ahead to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games it was fantastic to see so many people come along and watch the action, particularly on Finals Day, when the crowd were treated to some real top-class competition at the new home of Scottish sport.
“At the same time we were able to welcome thousands of schoolchildren from across the country for a series of badminton carnivals. We want as many people as possible given the opportunity to get involved in sport and that will be the real legacy from this venue and the 2014 Games.”
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: "We have had a tremendous five days of badminton at the Emirates Arena, this fantastic new venue of which Glasgow can be proud. Finals day has really topped it off.
"Even though we didn't have a Scottish player competing on finals day, the number of fans who came through the door was tremendous and a real boost for the Championship – we had 3,000 fans on finals day alone.
“I would like to thank our loyal badminton fans for their support and I am so grateful to the 297 competitors from 32 nations for playing their part in making it so successful. I hope next year's Championship is even better than this one and we will waste no time looking at ways of achieving that goal."
• Men’s singles: Anand Pawar (Ind) bt Kazumasa Sakai (Jpn) 10-21 21-11 21-17
• Women’s singles: Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Hyo Min Kim (Kor) 21-6 21-8
• Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura & Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) Hiroyuki Saeki & Ryota Taohata (Jpn) 16-21 21-11 21-17
• Women’s doubles: Naoko Fukuman & Kurumi Yonao (Jpn) bt Yonemoto Koharu & Yuriko Miki (Jpn) 23-21 21-18
• Mixed doubles: Marcus Ellis & Gabby White (Eng) bt Ruud Bosch & Selena Piek (Ned) 21-16 21-16.