Indian badminton teams easily draw lots on the Thomas and Uber Cup


The men’s and women’s Indian badminton teams easily drew lots in the rescheduled Thomas and Uber Cup final, which will take place from October 9th in Aarhus, Denmark.

The long-awaited draw ceremony for Thomas and the Uber Cup was held by the governing body of the game, World Badminton Federation (BWF), on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur. Hosts Denmark, who won the Thomas and Uber Cup title in 2016, were drawn in Group B with Korea, France and Germany.

The Indian men are in Group C at the prestigious Biennial Team Championship. Defending champions China and the minnows of the Netherlands and Tahiti complete a group of four teams for the Thomas Cup.

The women’s team entered Group B together with the runners-up of the last edition, Thailand, Spain and Scotland.

The two best teams from each group will advance to the knockout phase. Both Indian men’s and women’s teams failed to reach the knockout in the last edition of the Thomas and Uber Cup held in Bangkok 2018.

Indian eve in the 2016 Uber Cup semifinals fell to the final champion of China. They also advanced to the semifinals of the 2014 tournament in New Delhi.

India has yet to announce its lineups for the Thomas and Uber Cup. The Indian Badminton Association is likely to conduct selection rehearsals next week before finalizing the entire team.

Indonesia, which has won the Thomas Cup a record 13 times, is in Group A with Chinese Taipei, Algeria and Thailand. Meanwhile, one of the title favorites and Japan’s last runner-up is in Group D with Malaysia, Canada and England.

U Uber Cup, defending champions Japan are in Group A with Indonesia, Germany and France. The terrifying Korea is classified in Group C with Chinese Taipei, Tahiti and Egypt.

The fourteen-time Chinese champion is in Group D with Denmark, Malaysia and Canada. Surprisingly, in the last edition in Thailand, China failed to make it to the finals for the first time since they began participating in the 1980s competition.

Thomas and the Uber Cup have been postponed three times due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The two-year tournament was originally supposed to be held from May 16 to 24, 2020, but was postponed to August. It was later further postponed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a wave of withdrawals from the best teams, including Indonesia, South Korea, Thailand and Chinese Taipei, the big tournament was postponed again in September last year.

However, the BWF will ensure that this time the tournament goes smoothly after a successful home run Tokyo Olympics in which all major nations participated.


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