GB badminton stars in Birmingham training camp
via Badminton Europe | 21 juli 2016, 20:49 uur | 415 views
Badminton's Team GB stars and some of Europe's finest are preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at a three-day training camp at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena.
GB stars including world number 7 pair Chris and Gabby Adcock, Rajiv Ouseph and world number 15 Kirsty Gilmour are putting the final touches to their preparations before they fly to Brazil on 2 August.
The training camp has been arranged at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, home of the All England Open Badminton Championships, to give GB's players the opportunity to train with many of Europe's top players from across all five events.
Five badminton courts have been laid out including one court with a full Olympic spec including competition lighting. This event is also an ideal opportunity for players to test their recently received Team GB kit.
Jon Austin, Performance Director and Olympic Team Leader, said: "We organised this training camp as part of our plans to give our players the best possible preparations before they fly to Rio for the Games. We have moved all our players normally based at the National Badminton Centre plus all those who will compete in Rio to Birmingham. We also invited players from across Europe to be part of our preparation, resulting in acceptance from Germany, France, Ireland, Poland and Denmark all of whom are relishing the opportunity to spar and train together in the lead up to Rio."
Phil Mead, Managing Director Arenas at the NEC Group, said: "We relish the opportunity to support the Badminton GB team ahead of the Rio games in any way we can, and we hope that the training sessions they have using our facilities will stand them in good stead for a position on the winners' podium. From all of us at the Barclaycard Arena, we wish them good luck in August."
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games Badminton competition is being held from 11-20 August, while the Draw Ceremony will take place in Rio on 26 July.
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