Scottish Open to pay tribute to Erik Meijs

BADMINTONscotland will pay tribute to 26-year-old Dutch player Erik Meijs on tomorrow’s opening day of the Scottish Open Grand Prix.

Erik died from injuries received in a road accident last Thursday while on the way to training.

As a tribute to a player who competed in five of the last six Scottish Opens this year’s tournament organisers will invite officials, players and team-mates to join in a minute’s silence in the Emirates Arena at approximately 5.25pm tomorrow (Wednesday), just before the first round of the men’s singles gets underway.

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “We would like to join the worldwide badminton family in sending their condolences to Erik’s family and friends at this sad time. We think it fitting to hold a minute’s silence just before the start of Erik’s event, the Men’s Singles. He was a good and regular supporter of our tournament and reached the last 16 in 2014 and is a sad loss to our sport.”

Erik was Dutch Under 19 champion in 2010 and National champion in 2016. This season he won tournaments in Slovenia and New Zealand and was also a member of German Bundesliga club team BC Beuel.