Milton Keynes to host badminton’s European Mixed Team Championships

Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock of England compete against Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing of Malaysia on day four of the Bli Bli Indonesia Open (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)

The English city of Milton Keynes has been awarded hosting rights to the 2021 edition of badminton’s European Mixed Team Championships.

It will mark the first time England has staged the event since 2009, when Liverpool played host. The eight-team tournament will take place in Milton Keynes, where Badminton England is based, from February 17-21.

It will also be the first time that a major Badminton Europe event has not taken place at a sporting venue, with the Centre:MK shopping centre having been assigned hosting rights. The venue will feature a two-court setup, with a 1,600-capacity arena to be built in Middleton Hall.

Brian Agerbak, general secretary of Badminton Europe, said: “It is something brand new that we have not seen on this level before. It is an amazing opportunity to promote the very best of our sport, and I am sure that this event will be one to remember.

“My expectations are high. It is the best teams in Europe attending, and Badminton England is known for their skills to organise the biggest tournament in the world. I am very much looking forward to February 2021.”

Qualification for the event will take place in December, with five to six different locations to host matches.

The tournament was most recently held in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, with the host nation defeating Germany 3-0 in the final. Denmark and England are guaranteed qualification for next year’s tournament.

The UK has hosted the event on four occasions. Preston hosted in 1978, with Glasgow staging the 1992 and 2000 events before the tournament headed to Liverpool in 2009.