The draw for the World Championships was announced yesterday at the Tower of London by Gail Emms, a silver medallist in the Mixed Doubles at Athens 2004.
LOCOG will be testing elements of its operations including results and technology, press operations and sports presentation. Another focus is the opportunity to familiarise workforce with Wembley Arena
Yesterday’s draw has revealed some fascinating head-to-head matches a year before the Olympic Games. Tickets are still available for the BWF World Badminton Championships, which provides a great opportunity for spectators to see the British athletes play on home soil.
Adrian Christy, CEO of Badminton England, said of the event: 'We are proud to be hosting the World Badminton Championships on home soil, inspiring Londoners to get behind the British athletes one year ahead of the Olympic Games. The fact that the 2012 Olympic Badminton competitions are already sold out is a testament to the huge enthusiasm for the sport in the UK, and in terms of our Olympic preparation it doesn’t get any bigger than this.'
Debbie Jevans, LOCOG Director of Sport, added: 'It is vital for us to test all aspects of our operations ahead of the Games next year. Having the World Badminton Championships at Wembley Arena gives an ideal opportunity to do this in a world-class environment with world-class athletes.'
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