The talking stops and the matches will determine who is in and who is out after day 1 of the World Championships from Hyderabad, India. The tournament has been overshadowed by terrorist threats, leading to the English team withdrawing their entire team before the event. The following is an excerpt from the BBC News website
The England team has withdrawn from the World Badminton Championships in India because of “a specific terrorist threat” made by extremists.
The eight-strong squad pulled out of the tournament, which starts on Monday in Hyderabad, after reports of threats by Muslim extremists Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said it was “an incredibly tough decision”.
Badminton Scotland said its players will stay and compete.
Mr Christy said: “After the Olympic Games, this is the most prestigious championships in the world but we were not prepared to risk the safety of our players, coaches and staff in what we felt could have been a very volatile environment.”
He said the team, which included Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson, had “carefully considered” information from local police authorities.
Peter Gade starts his quest for World Championship glory in the first match on Court 3 against Ukrainian Valeriy Atreshchenkov The big match of the day is third on Court 4, when 5th seed Lin Dan begins the defence of his title against Israeli Misha Zilberman. Top seeded Lee Chong Wei starts his campaign against Dieter Domke takes place tenth on Court 3.
Six matches to date have been confirmed as walkovers, including mixed doubles 11th Seed Clark and Kellogg from England, 14th seed Nina Visolva and Valeri Sorokina in the ladies doubles.
The All-European match on Court 4 between Anu Nieminen and Susan Egelstaff will determine which of them will play 4th seeded Wang Yihan in Round 2. That match follows after Bao Chunlai , the 11th seed plays Dicky Palyama in the first round. Kaveh Mehrabi is one of the last games on Court 4 today; he plays 10th seeded Chan Yan Kit of Hong Kong.
The amount of Europeans in the main draws will almost certainly half after just one day of the World Championships, with several playing seeds in their respective disciplines or an all-European clash so early on in the tournament.