However, BWF canceled a Super 1000 and a Super 750 event in China.© AFP
China will host its first international badminton tournament since 2019, with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announcing on Thursday that the flagship BWF World Tour Finals will return to Guangzhou later this year from December 11-18. “The famous red courts of Tianhe Stadium welcome the top eight players and pairs in each category to the season finale as they compete for their share of the largest prize pool ever seen in badminton – US$1.5 million,” BWF said in a statement. press release. official release.
BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said it was a positive step for the sport to see elite badminton in China again.
“The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals is one of our most lucrative tournaments of the year and we are excited to partner with the Chinese Badminton Association, Guangzhou City Government and our key partner HSBC, to bring the finals back to Guangzhou,” Thomas said in an official statement from BWF.
“We also thank the Government of China for inviting the world’s top badminton players and we remain confident that our hosts will deliver a spectacular final event with the highest standard of safety and comfort for players. Guangzhou has hosted two spectacular editions of the HSBC hosted BWF World Tour Finals in 2018 and 2019 and we look forward to putting on another great show for our loyal fans in China,” he added.
The upcoming tournaments in October and November now represent the last chance for players to qualify for Guangzhou, with Thomas Lund confirming that the VICTOR China Open 2022 (Super 1000) and Fuzhou China Open 2022 (Super 750) have been cancelled.
“Unfortunately, it was not possible to move forward with plans to host the two tournaments in Changzhou and Fuzhou. It has been an important year for badminton and we are extremely proud to have been able to make a majority of our HSBC BWF World Tour stops.” deliver,” he said.
“The focus is now shifting to the remaining HSBC BWF World Tour and BWF Tour tournaments with big points on offer in the coming weeks,” he further stated in an official release.
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