Badminton in CWG. India had an easy draw in the mixed team event | Jobi Cool

Defending champions India will have an easy entry into the knockout stage of the Commonwealth Games badminton event as they are drawn against Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Group 1 of the mixed team tournament.

The quadrennial badminton competition, held in Birmingham from July 29 to August 8, consists of a mixed team event followed by an individual event.

The final of the mixed team tournament will be held on August 2.

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16 teams will compete in the mixed tournament, divided into four groups, from which the two best countries will go to the knockout stage.

The draw was held in March in Birmingham. But Nigeria pulled out in early May and Zambia have now confirmed their replacement.

Five-time champions Malaysia, who were beaten by India in the last round final at Gold Coast, are in Group 4 with South Africa, Jamaica and Zambia.

England, winners of the first eight editions of the team event since 1966, are in Group 2 with Singapore, Mauritius and Barbados, while Group 3 features Pan Am powerhouses Canada, along with Scotland, the Maldives and Uganda.

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Each draw in the team event consists of five best-of-five matches in men’s and women’s singles and three doubles in men’s, women’s and mixed, which will test the overall strength of the team.

“Co-op games have a unique feel. Although it features some traditional badminton strengths, there are also teams with newer badminton traditions, and thus there is a great variety of competition styles and approaches,” said BWF President Paul-Eric Heuer.

“I wish success to all competing teams,” he added.

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