Commonwealth Games badminton champion Chris Langridge has said Birmingham could host “the best Games ever”, when the city hosts the event in 2022.
The 33-year-old, winner of a gold medal in the men’s doubles at Gold Coast 2018 alongside Marcus Ellis, made the comments during a special National Lottery event at the University of Birmingham.
"It’s great to get people involved in sports and it’s brilliant to have a major Games in Birmingham," Birmingham Live quote him as saying.
"It’s a big city and to have a big Games will be great because at the end of the day you want a legacy after the Games.
"For local people if you have to drive five minutes to watch world class sportsmen and women it’s great because it’s very hard to see some of the best sport live.
"Watching sport live is very different on the TV. It’s going to be easy for people to come and watch some of the world’s best athletes.
"The crowd will be buzzing and it will be a great games, it could be the best Games ever."
Langridge was joined by invited members of the public and university badminton players for taster sessions of the sport on the campus set to host badminton action during Birmingham 2022.
The event was held as part of a £9.7 million ($12.7 million/€11.3 million) health drive to promote physical activity in Birmingham.
Another badminton star Chloe Birch and England basketball medallist Siobhan Prior also took part, with Prior warning grassroots sport has to be improved to get more people active.
"The focus has to be on the grassroots, because really that’s what sport is all about, and if there are people in that grassroots setting that need help to shine, then Team England and the National Lottery can help them do that," she told Birmingham Live.
"Then for them to say, ‘this is where I started, I play badminton and I’m from Birmingham’, inspires other people in years to come."