Badminton: World junior badminton championships cancelled | Badminton News – Times of India


The BWF World Junior Championships 2020 scheduled to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, has been cancelled. Though the world federation did a commendable job by successfully conducting the Denmark Open BWF Super 750 last week, the junior world meet, which many thought can be held in a Covid-free country like New Zealand, has been cancelled.
BWF secretary general Thomas Lund said: “We are, of course, disappointed not to be able to stage the 2020 version of the BWF World Junior Championships, but the entry restrictions in place and complexities related to the Covid-19 situation make it impossible for the event to be planned and therefore hosted in New Zealand in January 2021 as currently scheduled.”
As the hosts for 2021, 2022 and 2023 world junior championships were already awarded by the BWF Council in 2018, the world body has allotted the 2024 championships to Badminton New Zealand.
“We would like to thank Badminton New Zealand, tournament organisers, its partners ATEED and the New Zealand Government for their enthusiasm and commitment to staging the World Junior Championships,” said Lund, adding that BWF decided to award the 2024 event to New Zealand.
“It only seems fair recognition of their efforts to stage these championships that we award them the 2024 edition. We appreciate that some junior players will turn 19 years old in 2021 and unfortunately miss out on a BWF World Junior Championships experience. We can only encourage them to continue to develop their talent as badminton athletes and start to enter open international events,” he added.
Lund hoped that international calendar would be more consistent next year.
“It has been a difficult and an extraordinary year during the pandemic but we all look forward to a more consistent junior international badminton calendar in 2021 and the next BWF World Junior Championships in China in October 2021,” the secretary general said.

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