Badminton picks up the baton from Squash and Aquatics as the third Gold Coast 2018 sport to feature in the Team Scotland Sport Focus series. All eyes will be on Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 22-26 November for the Scottish Open Grand Prix as top class international badminton returns to the venue of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and recent World Championships.
Keep an eye on our website and social media channels over the coming week as we follow all the Grand Prix action and highlight Badminton as part of our countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April.
Our Sport Focus Series features each of the 18 sports on the Gold Coast 2018 programme through athlete interviews, facts & figures, competition news and more.
Scotland has won nine Badminton medals since the sport made its Commonwealth Games debut in 1966, including gold for Men’s Doubles pair Billy Gilliland and Dan Travers at Edinburgh 1986 and Kirsty Gilmour securing Scotland’s best Singles result with silver at Glasgow 2014.
Badminton is a core sport in the Commonwealth Games, meaning it must be included on the sports programme, and will make its 14th Games appearance at Gold Coast 2018.
Find out more about Badminton in the Commonwealth Games, including the competition format, rules and equipment on our dedicated Badminton page.
Badminton will be looking to maintain their strong record in Gold Coast, having taken medals at four of the last five Games. The Badminton competition will take place in the newly constructed Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre with a spectator capacity of 2,500.
Thirty three athletes have been named to Team Scotland 2018 to date, with selections announced in Aquatics, Lawn Bowls and Squash. Badminton selections will be made in February 2018 with final selections for all sports announced by 1 March.
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Look out for other ways to get behind the team in the countdown to Gold Coast on Team Scotland’s social media channels.
The Commonwealth Games is the only occasion where Scotland gets to compete in a multi-sport event as a nation in its own right and is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since their inception in Hamilton in 1930. Represented by 15 athletes participating in six sports at those first Games, winning a very creditable 10 medals, Scotland have gone on to win medals at every Games since.
Edinburgh became the first city to hold the Games twice in 1970 and 1986 and also became the first city to host the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Scotland hosted the Games for a third time when Glasgow welcomed athletes and officials to the XXth Commonwealth Games which was held from 23rd July – 3rd August 2014. Team Scotland celebrated their most successful Games in history, winning a total of 53 medals.
Find out more about the Commonwealth Games and Team Scotland’s past success in our Past Games section.