PETALING JAYA: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) have promised a better tournament calendar for juniors after cancelling the much-awaited 2020 World Junior Championships.
Juniors all over the world had been looking forward to the world junior meet in Auckland, New Zealand, from Jan 11-16 as it would have been their first tournament since March.
Initially, it was scheduled in November this year but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The world body confirmed that they had to scrap it from the calendar to accommodate a tight season starting in January next year.
BWF secretary general Thomas Lund was apologetic to the players, especially to those who would not have been eligible for the next edition.
“We are, of course, disappointed not to be able to stage it, but the entry restrictions in place and complexities related to the Covid-19 situation make it impossible for the event to take place as scheduled, ” said Lund in a statement.
“Some junior players will turn 19 years old in 2021 and unfortunately, miss out on the 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.
“It has been a difficult and extraordinary year during the pandemic but we all look forward to a more consistent junior international badminton calendar in 2021 and the next junior meet in China in October 2021.”
New Zealand will now host the 2024 edition as the hosts for the 2021,2022 and 2023 championships have already been named.