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Badminton at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Odds

The 2018 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to take place at Gold Coast in Australia from April 5 to 15. Badminton events will be held at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, which boasts of state-of-the-art training facilities for multiple sports. The venue is spread over 16,500 square meters, comprising of two mixed-use indoor halls.

Badminton is one of the central sports of the Commonwealth Games being held every time since its introduction in 1966. For this year’s games, a total of 16 nations were drawn in four groups of four teams each. Group A has favorites India drawn alongside minnows Sri Lanka, Scotland and arch rivals Pakistan. The sub-continental giants are expected to have an easy passage to the knockout stages.

In Group B, Singapore will look to wrestle through the likes of Mauritius, Zambia and Jamaica. The hosts, Australia, have been drawn in Group C and will compete with the might of England, South Africa and Uganda for a berth in the quarter-finals. The tournament favorites, Malaysia, are clubbed in the final Group D alongside Canada, Seychelles and Ghana.

The tournament will have men’s and women’s singles alongside three doubles events – men’s, women’s and mixed in each tie. Two teams from each group will progress to the quarter-finals in a draw that will be held immediately after the end of group matches.

The Badminton program kicks off with mixed events for the first five days from April 5 to 9. Post that, there will be singles and doubles facing off over the next six days.

While Malaysia and India are the heavy favorites in each of the badminton events, they will be challenged by the likes of England and Singapore. Australia, with their home turf advantage, also have the potential of springing a surprise result! Malaysia, meanwhile, have been the best winning nation in the past five Badminton Commonwealth Games.

India’s charge will be led by Kidambi Srikanth and Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal as the trio look to topple Malaysia’s stranglehold over the games. Meanwhile the likes of world No 2 Lee Chong Wei, Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem will aim to continue their dominance at the Commonwealth.

The hosts will look at Anthony Jo, Wendy Chen, Matthew Chau, Gronya Somerville and Robin Middleton for some inspiration.

As for England, six of their ten players were part of the team at the 2014 Commonwealth Games that won five medals – Chris Langridge, Sarah Walker, Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis along with married couple Chris and Gabby Adcock.

The likes of Scotland and Singapore are yet to announce their squad for the tough tests but expect plenty of excitement when the teams fly for the games!

According to Mark Peters, Chief Executive of Gold Coast 2018, badminton will truly have a global reach at the games, “Along with those packing the stands at Carrara, badminton is sure to draw huge television audiences in Asia, which is one of the sport's strongholds.”

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