Monday 15 February 2016
Rajiv Ouseph, who has just won his eighth English National men's singles title in nine years, is among the first international stars to set his sights on competing at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at Glasgow's Emirates Arena.
Ouseph is no stranger to Glasgow, having twice won the Scottish Open men's singles title and finished runner-up at the 2015 Scottish Open Grand Prix behind champion Hans-Kirstian Vittinghus of Denmark.
Ouseph, who is No. 17 in the world and is once again expected to be GB men’s singles representative at Rio 2016, said: "Yes, I hope to still be playing if my body allows me!
“The World Championships in Glasgow is definitely a goal as it's not often major championships are so close to home. Hopefully I will be able to do well there.”
Ouseph will still only be 30 by the time the Worlds come round in August next year. But he will have another big incentive to keep going. The 2010 Commonwealth silver and European bronze medallist, who also won a silver at the 2014 Europeans, is now only two short of Darren Hall’s English Nationals men’s singles record of 10 titles.
England are likely to have two more big contenders at Glasgow 2017. Husband-and-wife pair Chris and Gabby Adcock won the Commonwealth title in Glasgow and the Nationals champions, winners for the fourth year in a row, will be among the leading mixed doubles challengers, especially after their triumph in December at the Dubai World Superseries Finals.
Adcock, like Ouseph, has won a Scottish Open title when he partnered Imogen Bankier to victory in 2010, the year before they won a mixed doubles silver medal at the World Championships at Wembley Arena.
Gabby can go one better than Chris as she has won two Scottish Open titles. She partnered Marcus Ellis to mixed doubles victory in 2012, having already won won the women’s doubles title with Jenny Wallwork in 2010.
But the couple would love to be on the Emirates Arena podium together in August 2017.