As the 2016 edition of the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championship looms closer Badminton Europe today released the seeding for both events ahead of the draw for the tournament which will take place in Kazan, Russia between 16th & 21st February. The seeding points were calculated based on the world ranking list as of 26th November 2015.
In the men’s event Denmark are the overwhelming favourites to win the title for the sixth consecutive time. Denmark (326.083 pts) are rightfully top seeds for the competition with a points total almost double that of second seeds England (156.270 pts).
England as second seeds head up the best of the rest with teams 2 through to 6 being separated by just a handful of points relatively speaking. Poland take that sixth and final seeded spot ahead of Austria. 2014 Bronze medallists Finland are ranked in 11th spot with 71.129 points.
Men’s seeding for 2016 European Men’s Team Championship
1.Denmark (326.083 pts)
2.England (156.270 pts)
3.Germany (140.766 pts)
4.France (130.071 pts)
5.Russia (120.984 pts)
6.Poland (108.151 pts)
As in the men’s event reigning champions Denmark head up the seeding for the women’s team championship albeit by a slimmer points margin. The Danes with 174.889 points lead the way with Spain just behind on 156.223 points thanks to the haul of Marin backed up by Corrales in the women’s singles.
Germany, the 2012 champions, are seeded three and Turkey, the surprise packet taking the fourth seeded position with 125.281 points. With 5 seeded spots against 6 in the men’s event Russia take the final spot marginally ahead of Bulgaria, England and France.
Women’s seeding for 2016 European Women’s Team Championship
1.Denmark (174.889 pts)
2.Spain (156.223 pts)
3.Germany (148.130 pts)
4.Turkey (125.281 pts)
5.Russia (116.664 pts)
The draw for the 2016 European Men’s and Women’s Team Championship takes place on Thursday coming and will be published shortly after on Badminton Europe's official website
for the event.