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Ulsan to host 2017 Para-Badminton World Championships

The Badminton World Federation has awarded the 2017 Para-Badminton World Championships to Ulsan in South Korea.

Ulsan edged out the National Paralympic Committee of China, with the BWF Council making its decision at a meeting in Bilbao, Spain.

The Korea Badminton Association for the Disabled (KBAD) will stage the 11th edition of the BWF event next year, having hosted the 2009 Para-Badminton World Championships in Seoul and the 2012 Asian Para-Badminton Championships in Yeon Ju-Gun.

South Korea also held the 2014 Asian Para-Championships in Incheon, when badminton was also one of the sports.

“We are honoured to have received two really comprehensive bids which is very promising for the future of the Para-Badminton World Championships,” BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer said. “The application from the city of Ulsan showed strong public and community engagement and it was clear that the city and community are very much behind the Championships.”

The BWF said that South Korea’s history of hosting para-badminton events and the bid’s “technical aspects” made Ulsan a popular choice.

The most recent edition of the Para-Badminton World Championships, held last year in Stoke Mandeville, England, attracted 232 athletes from 35 nations who competed in 22 medal events.

It was recently announced that para-badminton will be part of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 for the first time.