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Barfoot & Thompson BWF World Junior Championships 2020 Rescheduled to January 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) today announced the new dates for the BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020, which were scheduled to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in September this year.

The rescheduled dates for the world event are 11-24 January 2021. Only those athletes eligible for the originally scheduled championships will be allowed to enter.

The new time frame gives the BWF, Badminton New Zealand and tournament organisers the best chance to stage a successful event for the large volume of junior players expected to travel to Auckland.

New Dates

  • BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships (11-16 Jan)
  • BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships (18-24 Jan)

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said: “With all things considered, we believe the move is the best option in order to avoid any possible complexities linked to travel and other lingering COVID-19-related impacts.

“We look forward to working with Badminton New Zealand to put on a great show in Auckland.”

Badminton New Zealand Chief Executive Joe Hitchcock is still confident that players and supporters will have an unforgettable experience when the event eventually takes place.

“At the moment, the uncertainty of the global situation is challenging but we will work closely with the BWF and our event partners on plans for a rescheduled event. And we fully understand that we are guided by New Zealand Government regulations and international border control measures,” Hitchcock said.

“When the time is right, we will welcome the world’s best young badminton talent to Auckland because we know that teams travelling to New Zealand will have the experience of a lifetime, and the event with leave a lasting positive legacy.”

World Junior Team Championships 2019

World Junior Champs Coming to New Zealand

Badminton fans around the country will be thrilled with the news that New Zealand has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2020 BWF World Junior Championships, announced overnight in Kuala Lumpur by the Badminton World Federation.

Badminton in New Zealand is booming, and the hosting of the World Junior Championships will deliver an outstanding opportunity for kiwi players and officials to take part at the highest level, and for Badminton New Zealand to connect with local and international partners to deliver a world-class event and build a sustainable legacy.

Oscar Guo (Credit BadmintonPhoto)

The World Junior Championships is well recognised as a launching pad for the future stars of the sport and hosting this event ties in well with the wave of success New Zealand’s juniors are riding. Oscar Guo, New Zealand’s top junior player, was recently part of the silver-medal winning relay team at the Youth Olympic Games. Around Oceania and the world, our players are putting on strong performances and showing consistent improvement, backed by a solid and growing development programme that continues to identify and nurture new talent.

Badminton New Zealand chief executive, Joe Hitchcock, is delighted with the news.

“We are riding a real wave of momentum and securing the World Juniors is critical to maintaining this. Our players, coaches and officials continue to punch above their weight on the world stage and we can’t wait to welcome hundreds of players and supporters and show them the best of New Zealand.”

Badminton New Zealand Chief Executive, Joe Hitchcock

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer was excited to see New Zealand secure this major event and said the announcement endorses BWF’s long-term vision and efforts to globalise the sport.

“We were lucky to receive some outstanding bids, all with the same forward-thinking vision as us. Following an exhaustive assessment period, we were able to determine the host cities and countries that best represented the interests of the sport.”

Stuart Turner, Head of Major Events for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) says securing the two tournaments which fall in Auckland’s tourism shoulder season is fantastic news for the region.

Nigel Skelt (BNZ Vice President), Poul-Erik Høyer (BWF President), Ian Willans (BNZ President) and Joe Hitchcock (BNZ CEO) celebrate New Zealand’s successful bids.

“This global tournament will add to Auckland’s reputation as a world-class sports city and give our region international profile – particularly in Asian markets.

“It will attract visitors who will stay for multiple nights and take time to experience all Auckland has to offer, directly benefiting the regional economy and supporting quality jobs in our tourism industry,” says Turner.

Susan Sawbridge, Manager of New Zealand Major Events says that in addition to the immediate visitation benefits, the two events also align well with sporting priorities.

“The numbers of young people playing badminton in New Zealand is increasing, and we know that badminton is especially popular among New Zealanders of Asian ethnicity.  There’s opportunity for this event to engage and inspire even more people to participate.”

Badminton New Zealand is proudly supported by ATEED and the New Zealand Major Events Development Fund to deliver these world-class events.