NATIONAL CHAMPS – Top names to miss out

Peter Gade, Gail Emms and Thomas Laybourn are amongst the big names which will be missing from the National Championships which are going under way this week end in most […]

ImagePeter Gade, Gail Emms and Thomas Laybourn are amongst the big names which will be missing from the Championships which are going under way this week end in most European Countries. Peter Gade, still not feeling well after his come back from Korea, has bowed out of the tournament he’s won so many times, leaving to Kenneth Jonassen the best opportunity to win.

Mixed doubles player Thomas Laybourn, also, had to withdraw and left his spot together with Kamilla Rytter Juhl to his friend Lars Paaske.

In England, Gail Emms also has still not recovered from the Illness she got in the far East and will be skipping the . Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg now look as strong favourites for the title. Roberston is still on in the men’s doubles with Clark.

In France, the return of the Former National Champion Nabil Lasmari as top seed of the event has led to some controversy as the shuttler – who has a double nationality – is representing Algeria in the International competition – he has his ticket for Beijing almost secured for the African country – but still participating in the National Championships in France. And his chances to claim the title are good as he’s shown in the French Interclub he is still amongst the very best.

All these National Championships can be followed in the local versions of Badzine : www.badzine.de for Germany, www.badzine.fr for France, with an exclusive TV coverage on www.badzine.tv

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About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.