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Badminton aces on the move ahead of Glasgow
- Updated: July 4, 2014
Our Commonwealth Games badminton side has been shuttling around Africa and surrounds in pursuit of better ranking points and experience as the Games draw closer, writes Mark Etheridge.
Most of the team are training in Johannesburg right now, except for Prakash Vijayanath who is living and training in Ireland while Jacob Maliekal is living and training in Malaysia.
In recent months the team have played tournaments in Botswana, Nigeria and Mauritius.
The SA based players will leave with the bulk of Team South Africa for Glasgow on 16 July and will meet up with Vijayanath and Maliekal in Ireland.
“They’ll spend a few days in Ireland where we will train and play some warm-up team matches and Canada and Northern Ireland are also there,” said national coach Stewart Carson.
The badminton draw for CG will be done on 21 July.
“The two tournaments in Nigeria and Mauritius were hugely beneficial, as the team is young and hungry they really improved over the two weeks especially the mixed doubles and women’s doubles,” says Carson.
‘I have the next two weeks with the younger four of the team so we will get some good work done before we go to Ireland and have some good match practice there as well for our final
preparation just before the CG.
“I’m really looking forward to the Games with these players.
“We’ll play a test against Ireland, they have very good players. There women’s singles player is ranked 35th, their Mixed Doubles 42nd and the men’s singles 72nd so they’ll all be nice tough matches,” concluded Scottish-born Carson.