BBC Sport - Gail Emms back in action in new National Badminton League

Badminton league can inspire - Emms

Former Olympic medallist Gail Emms tells BBC East Midlands Today she hopes the new National Badminton League will inspire a new generation of players and fans.

The 37-year-old, who has come out of retirement after six years, was unable to help Team Derby to victory in the first match of the new league as they went down 3-2 to Birmingham Lions.

Emms, who won silver at the 2004 Olympics and medals at the World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games, retired after the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Teams from Derby, Loughborough, Nottingham, Birmingham, Surrey and Milton Keynes are involved in the competition which runs from October to April, followed by a knockout competition in June.

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