By Emily Goddard

Chris Bruil will lead Scotland's badminton players to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ©René LagerwaardTwo-time Olympian Chris Bruil has been named to coach Scotland's badminton players as the nation prepares to host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 43-year-old Dutchman, who competed in the mixed doubles competition of the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Games, steps in to temporarily replace current coach Yvette Yun Luo, who has been "granted leave of absence to deal with family issues".

BADMINTONscotland said Bruil will work closely with the doubles players, particularly two-time Commonwealth Games medallist Robert Blair and world silver medallist Imogen Bankier, who he believes can make the podium at Glasgow 2014.

"I know Robert quite well and I have seen Imogen play on many occasions," Bruil, who coached his national team for six years, explained.

"I believe they have a genuine chance of a medal at the Commonwealth Games and I am very much looking forward to helping them with their preparation."

Bruil will be working with Scotland's assistant coach Andy Bowman, while Indonesia's former mixed doubles number one and men's doubles number five Hendra Gunawan and teammate Adrien Adiasti have been drafted in to hit with the squad until June 3.

Chris Bruil will work closely with Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier (left) in the lead up to Glasgow 2014 ©Getty ImagesChris Bruil will work closely with Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier (left) in the lead up to Glasgow 2014 ©Getty Images

"I met Chris in Glasgow last week and I am delighted that he has agreed to join our team as we start the countdown to the Commonwealth Games in earnest," Anne Smillie, chief executive of BADMINTONscotland, said.

"He will be with us until the end of the Games.

"We are doing everything possible to maximise the chances of our athletes at Glasgow 2014.

"We are bringing in additional sparring and additional coach support to this end.

"Chris is going to work particularly closely with Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier in their quest for a podium position at the Games.

"He has met the two players and discussed the areas they would like to concentrate on.

"He will join them at the Spanish Open this weekend and will also accompany them on the Asian tour of Japan, Indonesia and Australia."

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