February 28 - Glasgow 2014 organisers have today announced that Japanese firm Yonex will officially provide all badminton equipment and services at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The sponsorship will see Yonex provide 15 certified international standard badminton courts, tournament shuttles, nets, posts and a players stringing service, as well as having branding rights for court mats and net posts.
The badminton competition will take place at the Emirates Arena and will be played across all 11 days of the Games.
Competitors will take part in six events: men's singles and doubles; women's singles and doubles; mixed doubles and a mixed team event.
Singles and doubles competitions will consist of a straight knockout draw, while the mixed team match will be contested over a range of preliminary rounds before a finals knockout format will decide the winner.
"Yonex is synonymous with badminton across the globe and we are delighted to welcome them as the latest addition to the Glasgow 2014 sponsor family," said Glasgow 2014 deputy chief executive Ty Speer.
"The firm has a strong track record in providing world class equipment and services and with their expertise and support we are sure the Glasgow 2014 badminton competition will be first class and one not to be missed by fans throughout the Commonwealth."
With branches around the world, Yonex has been a leading supplier of badminton, tennis and golf equipment since it was established in 1946.
The firm has been the official badminton equipment supplier at all Olympic Games since the sport's first appearance at Barcelona 1992.
Yonex has been the title sponsor of the All England Open Championships for 30 years, while the company has similar sponsorship deals with the Scottish and Welsh National Championships.
"Yonex is very proud to have been selected as an official provider to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games," said Paul Jepson, managing director of Yonex in the UK.
"Part of our company mission is to contribute to society through sports and our involvement in these Games is representative of the investments we make at all levels of badminton to stimulate interest in the sport and inspire tomorrow's champions.
"We very much look forward to what we are sure will be a spectacle of great sport and we are delighted to be able to play a part in Glasgow 2014."
The Games is due to begin on July 23, with the Closing Ceremony on August 3.
Contact the writer of this story at [email protected]
January 2014: Yonex signs deal to sponsor badminton English National Championships