Wuhan extends hosting rights to Asian badminton showpiece

The Chinese city of Wuhan has signed a new three-year deal to continue to host badminton’s individual Asia Championships, the sport’s flagship event on the continent.

The agreement with the Badminton Asia governing body covers the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions of the event. Wuhan first hosted the Asia Championships in 2015 on a two-year deal and it was extended for another year for this year’s competition, which commenced yesterday (Tuesday) and runs through to April 30.

Bambang Roedyanto, chair of events for Badminton Asia, said: “Wuhan has gained the confidence in our efforts to take badminton to a higher level. The recognition gives us pride as Wuhan sees the potential in developing the brand value of our flagship event.”

The prize money for this year’s Asia Championships has been increased to $325,000 (€305,000) compared to $200,000 last year. A further three nations are also competing this year, bringing entries up to 21 countries.