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12 www.badmintonscotland.org.uk September 2011 OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN


London Calling


HOWTO QUALIFY


THE RACE is on with the best of British players battling it out over the next eight months to qualify for the Olympic Games in London next summer. Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff remains the front-


runner in women’s singles but her great England rival Elizabeth Cann is right behind her. Anything can happen over the closing months of the year-long qualifying race - and probably will. The badminton tournament at London 2012


will run from July 27 to August 5. The first round of all five events in the


Olympics will be played in groups. The idea behind that is to give greater exposure and a greater chance to ‘build a story’ for the players. So instead of seeing a player once, there is a second or third chance to see a player or pair on the greatest stage. Doubles are in four groups of four pairs,


meaning three matches for each pair. The first two in the group go through to the quarter finals. For singles the number of entries varies


according to how many players are in doubles. There are 172 players in the Olympic


competition so where a player is in both level doubles and mixed doubles, that then frees up spaces for players in singles. In singles there will, ideally, be 16 groups of three, making 48 in total. In Beijing there were


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