The Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday allotted the celebrated BWF World Championship to India for 2026. This would be the second time that India would host the premium event, which is held yearly aside from the Olympic 12 months. India had hosted the BWF World Championships in Hyderabad in 2009. Since then, India has performed hosts to varied main badminton tournaments together with the 2014 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, the Asian Championships other than the annual BWF Super 500 occasion, the Yonex-Sunrise India Open.
Badminton Association of India President Himanta Biswa Sarma was assured that internet hosting the World Championship in 2026 would solely assist Indian badminton take larger steps in the direction of changing into a world powerhouse.
“Staging a tournament of the stature will be a great achievement for us at the Badminton Association of India as well as for the country,” he 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 it will be a great opportunity and motivation for the enthusiasts of the game and for the sport to see a huge growth across the country,” added Sarma, who was additionally not too long ago elected as BWF Council member for the 2021-24 interval.
The Coronavirus pandemic, which introduced sporting actions to a halt in 2020, has pressured the BWF to rejig its worldwide event calendar with the sports activities’ governing physique shifting the 2021 Sudirman Cup from Suzhou, China to Vantaa, Finland.
2023 Sudirman Cup which was initially allotted to India will now be hosted in Suzhou, China.
“With a string of tournaments being cancelled and not been able to stage due to the pandemic, globally, BWF had reached out to us with an alternate proposal. We at BAI felt that this was a great opportunity for the country as well as for the badminton fraternity,” mentioned BAI General Secretary Ajay Ok Singhania.
India has up to now gained 10 World Championship medals with reigning champion PV Sindhu main the chart with a gold, two silver, and two bronze medals whereas Prakash Padukone gained India’s first medal on the World Championships in 1983.
In 2019, Olympic-bound B Sai Praneeth had ended a 36-year-long await a males’s singles world championships medal at Basel, Switzerland.
Apart from that, 2012 Olympic Medallist Saina Nehwal had gained the silver and bronze in 2015 and 2017 editions respectively, whereas the ladies’s doubles mixture of Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta had bagged a bronze medal in 2011 in London.
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