The Badminton World Federation has awarded hosting rights for a number of its major events across the next seven years.
A total of 18 hosts have been announced, with the BWF saying its decision to award the events in bulk aligns with its vision to “establish long-term targets to broaden its development initiatives and create a strategic position for the sport around new projects and partnerships”.
The BWF has confirmed the hosts for the next three editions of the Thomas & Uber Cups, with the Danish city of Aarhus to stage the 2020 events, Bangkok in Thailand to host in 2022 and a to-be-determined Chinese destination to hold the 2024 tournaments.
China will also host the 2021 and 2025 editions of the Sudirman Cup, with cities to be confirmed at a later date. New Delhi in India will host the Sudirman Cup in 2023.
Spain, meanwhile, has been awarded rights to the 2021 World Championships, although the host city has not yet been announced. The tournament will then head to the Japanese capital of Tokyo in 2022, Copenhagen in Denmark in 2023 and Paris, France in 2025. There will be no World Championships in 2020 and 2024 due to the summer Olympic Games.
The BWF has also confirmed hosts for the next five editions of its World Junior Championships. Kazan in Russia will host in 2019 and Auckland in New Zealand will stage the 2020 event, with a to-be-confirmed Chinese city to play host in 2021. A to-be-confirmed Spanish city will be the site for the 2022 event before Honolulu in Hawaii hosts in 2023.
Finally, the BWF has detailed the host nations for the next three editions of its World Senior Championships. Spain will host in 2021, although the city has not been confirmed. Seoul in Korea will be the site for the 2023 event before Auckland hosts in 2025.
BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said: “This is an unprecedented decision for BWF where we are announcing 18 of our major event country hosts as far forward as 2025.
“It allows all of our hosts to work closely with BWF to ensure the staging of world-class tournaments as we continue to grow the sport globally.
“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.
“We’d like to thank all parties involved in this process and look forward to venturing to new locations that have not had the honour of hosting our major events before.”
All bids will now go into a second and final phase of evaluation where the last details of the bids will be clarified before contractual finalisation where, in some cases, the final bid city will be confirmed.