Commonwealth Games: How to watch badminton - preview, schedule & stars

Here's who and how to watch at Birmingham 2022, including Singapore's reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew, Indian superstars PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen, and Malaysian duo Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik.

By Olympics.com
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Badminton commands a gigantic following across the planet, and it'll be all eyes on the 2022 Commonwealth Games as some of the biggest names in the game battle it out in Birmingham.

PV Sindhu, Loh Kean Yew, Lakshya Sen, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik are just some of the stars ready to light up the National Exhibition Centre in Solihull.

England and Malaysia are the traditional badminton powers at these Games but India is catching up fast and at the last edition in 2018 on Australia's Gold Coast, the Indian team were the big winners with two gold medals, three silver and a bronze.

In the women's singles final four years ago Saina Nehwal defeated PV Sindhu in an all-Indian final and the mixed team also claimed gold in the macro event.

Fast forward four years though, and the landscape looks very challenging for India to repeat that feat.

Singapores world champion Loh Kean Yew will be many people's favourite for the men's singles title following Malaysian superstar Lee Zii Jia's decision not to play, and the hosts will try to capitalise on that hometown bounce with experienced campaigners like Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith involved.

Get ready for some spellbinding badminton.

Below, we take a deeper look at the schedule, stars to look out for, and how to watch all the action.

And here is everything you need to know about these Commonwealth Games 2022.

Women's singles preview: Stars to watch at 2022 Commonwealth Games

PV Sindhu has already secured her legacy as one of India's sporting greats after she won Olympic silver at Rio 2016 and bronze at Tokyo 2020, becoming the first Indian athlete to medal at two straight Games.

Sindhu was also the first ever Indian badminton world champion and at 27 she's still hungry for more.

A Commonwealth Games women's singles gold medal is still a gap in the CV that she'd love to fill, and ranked at No.7 in the world right now - the highest ranked women's player in Birmingham - this might be her best chance yet.

The Indian household name won the Swiss Open crown in March and the Singapore Open (a Super 500 event) earlier this month, but has lacked a little consistency throughout the season.

Sindhu's biggest challenge could come from Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour, ranked 18th in the world, she has won a Commonwealth Games medal of every colour but gold and is aiming at the top this time around.

22-year-old shuttler Goh Jin Wei might just surprise a few people in Birmingham too, she's a Youth Olympics Games champion from Buenos Aires 2018.

For most watchers, these Commonwealth Games are Sindhu's golden opportunity to finally grab that elusive gold medal.

Men's singles preview: Stars to watch at 2022 Commonwealth Games

Over in the men's singles competition get ready for some big names to come out with all guns blazing.

Malaysia will miss their star man Lee Zii Jia who said his body needed a rest after playing "non-stop," and his absence has opened up an exciting field.

Loh Kean Yew will be keen to put an opening-round exit at the Malaysia Open in June and a semi-final loss to Antony Ginting at the Singapore Open in July behind him.

"As an athlete, we don't play to lose. We try our best by giving it our all," he told Singapore's New Straits Times. "It's important to showcase our best and be consistent. The results will follow."

"It's very important to just keep going," he continued, "I think it's everyone's target to win the crown, so everyone will be going all out."

Loh will face some serious competition however, look no further than world number ten Lakhsya Sen and No.11 Kidambi Srikanth, who are flying high after they inspired India to a historic Thomas Cup triumph in Bangkok last month.

Women's doubles preview at the Commonwealth Games 2022

Malaysia hold the title in the women's doubles event after Chow Mei Kuan and Vivian Hoo's heroics in 2018, but neither of the winners are here this time around.

Cheah Yee See/Lai Pei Jing and Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan will pick up the mantle for Malaysia, while England will have Lauren Smith in their ranks, she was a silver medallist four years ago after she was beaten in that final in Australia, and has plenty of experience on her side.

Smith has six Commonwealth Games to her name - all of them silver and bronze - and she teams up with Chloe Birch this time around as they aim for the big one in Birmingham.

India's challenge, meanwhile, comes from Gayathri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly.

Men's doubles preview: Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik headline

Malaysia will be right behind their Olympic medal-winning duo of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in Birmingham.

Bronze medallists at Tokyo 2020, Chia and Soh are currently ranked 6th in the world - the highest ranking pair in the men's competition in northern England.

Among those standing in their way will be India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty and England's Ben Lane/Sean Vendy.

Mixed doubles preview: England to retain title?

Skip back to the mixed doubles final on the Gold Coast four years ago and it was England's Chris and Gabby Adcock against England's Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith.

The Adcocks came out on top to win gold but they're not around in Birmingham leaving the path clear for Ellis and Smith this time around.

Jessica Pugh and Callum Hemming are the other English two they may have to overcome while Malaysia's Chan Peng Soon and Cheah Yee See are definitely ones to watch.

Mixed Team Event: Preview

India are reigning champions of the big mixed team event, but with such a sprawling and exciting contest it's impossible to predict what will happen.

16 nations from Barbados to Uganda will vie for success in this all-action format, there are four groups of four with the nations contesting five matches against their three group stage opponents in each of the five disciplines – men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

The top two from each group move on to the quarter-finals and then the semis before bronze and gold medal matches on August 2.

The groups are:

Group A: India, Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan.
Group B: England, Singapore, Mauritius, Barbados.
Group C: Canada, Scotland, Maldives, Uganda.
Group D: Malaysia, South Africa, Jamaica, Zambia.

Badminton schedule at 2022 Commonwealth Games

All times are British Summer Time (GMT/UTC+1)

Friday 29 July

10am-1:30pm

Mixed Team Event Qualifying Round 1

  • England v Barbados
  • Singapore v Mauritius
  • South Africa v Jamaica
  • Malaysia v Zambia

3pm-6:30pm

Mixed Team Event Qualifying Round 1

  • Scotland v Maldives
  • India v Pakistan
  • Canada v Uganda
  • Australia v Sri Lanka

8pm-11pm

Mixed Team Event Qualifying Round 2

  • Malaysia v Jamaica
  • England v Mauritius
  • Singapore v Barbados
  • South Africa v Zambia

Saturday 30 July

10am-1pm

Mixed Team Event Qualifying Round 2

  • Australia v Pakistan
  • Canada v Maldives
  • India v Sri Lanka
  • Scotland v Uganda

3pm-6:30pm

Mixed Team Event Qualifying Round 3

  • England v Singapore
  • Malaysia v South Africa
  • Jamaica v Zambia
  • Mauritius v Barbados

8pm-11pm

Mixed Team Event Qualifying Round 3

  • Canada v Scotland
  • India v Australia
  • Sri Lanka v Pakistan
  • Maldives v Uganda

Sunday 31 July

12pm-3:30pm

  • Mixed Team Event Quarter-Finals

6:30pm-10pm

  • Mixed Team Event Quarter-Finals

Monday 1 August

12pm-4pm

  • Mixed Team Event Semi-Final

6:30pm-10:30pm

  • Mixed Team Event Semi-Final

Tuesday 2 August

12pm-4pm

  • Mixed Team Event Bronze Medal Match

6:30pm-10:30pm

  • Mixed Team Event Gold Medal Match

Wednesday 3 August

11am-3pm

  • Men's Singles Preliminary Round of 64
  • Women's Singles Preliminary Round of 64
  • Mixed Doubles Preliminary Round of 64
  • Men's Doubles Preliminary Round of 32
  • Women's Doubles Preliminary Round of 32

5:30pm-9:30pm

  • Men's Singles Preliminary Round of 64
  • Women's Singles Preliminary Round of 64
  • Mixed Doubles Preliminary Round of 64

Thursday 4 August

11am-4pm

  • Men's Singles Round of 32
  • Women' Singles Round of 32
  • Men's Doubles Round of 32
  • Women's Doubles Round of 32
  • Mixed Doubles Round of 32

5:30pm-10:30pm

  • Men's Singles Round of 32
  • Women's Singles Round of 32
  • Men's Doubles Round of 32
  • Women's Doubles Round of 32
  • Mixed Doubles Round of 32

Saturday 6 August

12pm-4:30pm

  • Men's Singles Quarter-Final
  • Women's Singles Quarter-Final
  • Men's Doubles Quarter-Final
  • Women's Doubles Quarter-Final
  • Mixed Doubles Quarter-Final

6:30pm-11pm

  • Men's Singles Quarter-Final
  • Women's Singles Quarter-Final
  • Men's Doubles Quarter-Final
  • Women's Doubles Quarter-Final
  • Mixed Doubles Quarter-Final

Sunday 7 August

10am-3:30pm

  • Men's Singles Semi-Final
  • Women's Singles Semi-Final
  • Men's Doubles Semi-Final
  • Women's Doubles Semi-Final
  • Mixed Doubles Semi-Final

6pm-11:30pm

  • Men's Singles Bronze Medal Match
  • Women's Singles Bronze Medal Match
  • Men's Doubles Bronze Medal Match
  • Women's Doubles Bronze Medal Match
  • Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal Match

Monday 8 August

9am-3:15pm

  • Men's Singles Gold Medal Match
  • Men's Singles Medal Ceremony
  • Women's Singles Gold Medal Match
  • Women's Singles Medal Ceremony
  • Men's Doubles Gold Medal Match
  • Men's Doubles Medal Ceremony
  • Women's Doubles Gold Medal Match
  • Women's Doubles Medal Ceremony
  • Mixed Doubles Gold Medal Match
  • Mixed Doubles Medal Ceremony

How to watch badminton at 2022 Commonwealth Games

UK: BBC TV, Radio, iPlayer

India: Sony TEN 1, Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 3, Sony SIX, and Sony TEN 4 channels. Live streaming on the SonyLIV app and website.

Malaysia: Astro Arena, find live live streaming here.

Canada: CBC Sports, CBC Sports app

Australia: Channel 7, 7Plus

New Zealand: Sky, TVNZ

Further streaming details to be released on the Commonwealth Games website.

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