Monday, February 18, 2019
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTONPHOTO
Greenland and Kenya are among 32 Member Associations who have confirmed their entry to the World Mixed Team Championships for the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup, which will be held in Nanning (China) from 19 to 26 May 2019.
Greenland is one of 12 Member Associations from Europe in the contest. Asia has the highest representation, with 15 Member Associations, while Pan Am (two), Oceania (two) and Africa (one) have more modest representation.
The sole African representatives will be Kenya; the finalists of the Pan Am and Oceania mixed team continental championships – Canada and USA, and Australia and New Zealand – are also headed for Nanning.
Sudirman Cup defending champions Korea, 10-time winners China, and inaugural edition winners Indonesia are among the prominent teams from Asia. Joining them will be Japan, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Macau, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Singapore.
The player world ranking of 5 March 2019 will be used to determine the teams’ rankings, which are a total of the ranking points of each team’s top men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles players/pairs.
The participating teams will be divided into four groups based on team rankings. The top 12 teams in Group 1 will contest the title, while the remaining teams will contest overall placings. There will be eight teams in groups 2 and 3, and four in the last group.
Group 1 will further have four sub-groups of three teams. The top two teams from each group qualify to the knock-out round.
The losing quarterfinalists will be ranked joint ninth, and the losing semifinalists will be ranked joint fifth. There will be no playoffs in the top group to determine team rankings.
The draw for the knockout stage will be done immediately after the last match of the group playoff.
Asia: Korea, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Macau, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Singapore
Europe: Denmark, England, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovakia, Lithuania, Israel, Greenland
Pan Am: Canada, USA
Oceania: Australia, New Zealand