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President Ronnie Conway (right) with Chief Executive

Anne Smillie and former President Sir Craig Reedie CBE, who is

Vice-President of the IOC and the new President ofWADA Picture: Lorraine Hill

CeadMile Failte – One Hundred

ThousandWelcomes YOU are stepping into a little piece of history.

The Scottish Open Championships were first held in 1907 in Aberdeen and are the third oldest international Badminton championships in the world, behind only the All England Championships and the Irish Open. The winners’ trophies are graced with some

of the greatest names in world badminton, including Eddy Choong,Morten Frost and our very own R. S.McCoig. A special welcome first of all to our patron,

HRH The Earl ofWessex. BADMINTONscotland is indeed privileged to have such an active, energetic and loyal supporter of the organisation and of the game.We are once again greatly honoured that HRH will be sprinkling some royal stardust on the event. We welcome all overseas coaches and officials

to the Emirates Arena. You will find a world- class, state-of-the-art arena, the jewel in the crown of a renewed East End of Glasgow. You will find yourselves in a city which is

vibrant, warm and generous hearted. If you have time to look round you will see some of the finest Victorian architecture anywhere in the United Kingdom, magnificent art galleries and museums, and less than a quarter of a mile away from the Emirates the home of one of the most famous football clubs in the world, Glasgow Celtic. And those of you who sample the local

cuisine will quickly learn why Glasgow is reckoned by most to produce the finest curries in the United Kingdom. I know that you’ll enjoy your stay here. We welcome our sponsors and partners, without whom none of this would be possible.

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A warmwelcome to Glasgow by BADMINTONscotland President Ronnie Conway

We extend our heartfelt thanks to Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and EventScotland, who between them have invested £750,000 over the next four years to enable us to make the step up to a Grand Prix level championship. Thanks must also be extended to Yonex UK for supply- ing the shuttles and court equipment used during championship week. We welcome all the players from overseas

and from the rest of the United Kingdom.We know that you will be providing badminton fans with the finest display of talent seen in Scotland since the Sudirman Cup at Scotstoun in 2007. We look forward to seeing your skills, your breath-taking athleticism, and your determination and heroics. We welcome all the participants of the

various coaching and development activities which have become synonymous with the Scottish Open and give thousands of children the chance to try our great sport and

experience the atmosphere of an international sporting event. This year more than 3,000 young

people will attend the Festivals and other development activities run by BADMINTONscotland. These will be held in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the Emirates Arena. If you want to see what sport and health in Scotland can look like, drop in to the Velodrome and watch hundreds of kids hitting shuttle- cocks back and forth, surrounded by scores of lycra-clad cyclists spinning round the track at dizzying speeds.

We welcome our home-grown players. This

is not the place for me to speak about the general state of health of badminton in Scotland. I don’t have the space to do it justice. I will content myself with saying that we have the finest international team I have ever seen. I know all our players are desperate to perform on home soil and I have great hopes for some stellar performances. We give a huge welcome and our warmest

thanks to the army of volunteers who give their time to make the Scottish Open such a fantastic event. And finally the warmest welcome of all to

you, the fans and spectators. You should know that QUIPU.TV will be broadcasting a live stream from Thursday, November 21 on the BADMINTONscotland website, and that a one-hour highlights programme will be shown on Sky TV on Thursday, November 28. But nothing will match being at the Emirates

Arena in person and I know that you will be there in your thousands.We are in for a feast. Let’s make some noise!

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