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BWF takes World Junior Championships back to the Americas

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has elected to return its World Junior Championships to the Americas by awarding the hosting rights for the 2018 competition to the Canadian city of Toronto.

Next year’s edition of the World Junior Championships will be held at Markham Pan Am Centre, a venue developed for Toronto’s staging of the 2015 Pan American Games.

Badminton Canada’s winning bid will see it granted hosting rights for two events in November 2018 – the World Junior Mixed Team Championships and the individual World Junior Championships.

It will be the second time in four years the event will be staged in the Americas, with the 2016 edition having taken place in Lima, Peru. Canada previously hosted the World Junior Championships in 2004 in Richmond.

“This is again an opportunity to promote badminton in one of our developing confederations,” BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said. “These events are great exposure for our next generation of stars and it will be exciting to see the young talents getting ready to burst into the top flight.”

President of Badminton Canada, Anil Kaul (left of picture), added: “We have lots of people who have migrated from countries with strong badminton traditions so we expect great support for this event.”