Para-Badminton World Championships prepare to get underway in Korea

Mary Wilson and Fiona Christie will lead the Scottish charge as the Para Badminton World Championships get underway in Korea.


With the sport set to make its Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, the five Scots headed to Ulsan will be looking to impress on the world stage.


Alongside Wilson and Christie, also flying the flag for Scotland will be Alan Oliver, Colin Leslie and Deirdre Nagle, with Leslie and Christie having won European bronze in 2016.


Wilson, who won SL4 women’s singles gold at the Peru International in August, will play in the women’s singles and the SL3-SU5 women’s doubles, the latter alongside Russia’s Natalia Iaremchuk. She will also play in the mixed doubles, alongside England’s Antony Forster.


Christie will compete in the WH2 singles, the WH1-2 women’s doubles with Ireland’s Laura Lee Jenkins, and the mixed doubles with David Follett of England.


Representing Scotland in the SL3 singles will be Oliver and Leslie, with both also set to compete in the SL3-4 men’s doubles – Oliver will play alongside Sweden’s Rickard Nilsson while Leslie will team up with Forster.


But that isn’t them done there, with Oliver set to play with Megan Hollander of the Netherlands in the mixed doubles, and Leslie alongside Denmark’s Astrid Lilhav Riis.


In the SS6 singles, Nagle will go for gold while she will also play women’s doubles alongside Polish shuttler Weronika Krzeminska and the mixed doubles with Alexander Mekhdiev.


Play gets underway with the round robin stages on Wednesday, with the 2017 world champions set to be crowned on Sunday.