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India to host 2026 badminton world championship

Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu
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Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu

India will host the World Badminton Championships in 2026, the game’s international governing physique, BWF, mentioned on Tuesday. India had been scheduled to organise the Sudirman Cup in 2023 however the Badminton World Federation determined to award the internet hosting rights of the world blended staff championships to China.

The BWF was compelled to shift this 12 months’s Sudirman Cup from Suzhou, China to Vantaa, Finland due to the COVID-19 scenario within the Asian nation.

“Suzhou will now stage the 2023 edition of the BWF World Mixed Team Championships, with original 2023 hosts India accepting the opportunity to host the BWF World Championships in 2026,” the BWF mentioned in a media launch.

“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) can verify Suzhou, China has been awarded the internet hosting rights of the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2023.

“Suzhou was due to host the championships in 2021, but with BWF unable to stage any tournaments in China this year, the event was switched to Vantaa in Finland.”

This will solely be the second time that India might be internet hosting the world championship, with Hyderabad having performed hosts to the distinguished occasion in 2009.

“Staging a tournament of the stature of World Championships is a great achievement for us at Badminton Association of India as well as for the country,” Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Himanta Biswa Sarma mentioned.

“We are thankful to BWF for considering India for Badminton’s most prestigious and premier tournament and I believe with world class shuttlers coming to participate will not only be a great opportunity and motivation for the enthusiasts of the game but will see a huge growth for the sport across the country too.”

The Olympic-bound P V Sindhu is the reigning world champion in girls’s singles. Sindhu additionally has two silver and two bronze medals on the worlds.

B Sai Praneeth had ended a 36-year-long look ahead to a males’s singles world championships medal at Basel, Switzerland two 12 months in the past.

Saina Nehwal had received the silver and bronze in 2015 and 2017 editions, whereas the ladies’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta had bagged a bronze in London in 2011.

“Indian Badminton has seen great success with two successive medals coming from Olympics and with this latest news of the World Championships is the right stimulant for the game,” BAI normal secretary Ajay Singhania mentioned.

“On behalf of BAI I would like to express our thanks to BWF as well as organising such tournaments will be a milestone moment for Indian badminton too.” 

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