Kuala Lumpur: In the drawing ceremony that was held at Tonino Lamborghini Hotel in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province of China, eight-time Thomas Cup winners China and defending champions Japan were drawn in Group A alongside France and Mexico, while the 2014 runners-up Malaysia were placed together with South Korea, England and Germany Group C.
The draw results had ensured several extremely competitive ties at the group stage of the Thomas Cup finals that will be held in Kunshan, China from May 15 to 22.
Technical director of Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM), Morten Frost however was satisfied with the draw results.
“If we can put up a good fight against the Koreans and we should be able to overcome Germany and England to top Group C,” said Frost.
Sixteen teams each in the Thomas Cup and Uber Cup qualified for the final rounds based on their performance in the continental team championships and team rankings. The No.1 and No.2 seeded teams were separated in the draw by placing them at the top of Group A and Group D respectively. The final rounds will consist of group stage followed by knockout stage. The champions and runners-up in each group will advance to knockout stage.
To avoid teams from trying to lose a tie in the group stage intentionally, avoiding the top-ranked team in the quarter-finals and improve their chances of advancing to the semi-finals, there will be another draw for the quarter-finals.
The drawing ceremony was attended by top officials of the Kunshan Municipal Government and Chinese Badminton Association, sponsors and other dignitaries, and the draw was conducted by Badminton World Federation (BWF) Major Events Manager Venugopal Mahalingam with the assistance of BWF Referee Dennis Lee.
Draw for the Group Stage of the Thomas Cup:
Group A: China, Japan, France, Mexico
Group B: Indonesia, India, Thailand, Hong Kong China
Group C: Korea, Malaysia, England, Germany
Group D: Denmark, Chinese Taipei, New Zealand, South Africa