KUALA LUMPUR: Organisers of the BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020 have confirmed that the event has been cancelled. The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty left BWF, Badminton New Zealand and tournament organisers no choice but to cancel the event. However, Badminton New Zealand are still committed to hosting the BWF World Junior Championships and the BWF have accepted a proposal for them to stage the 2024 edition as a replacement for the edition lost.
BWF secretary general Thomas Lund said: “We would like to thank Badminton New Zealand, tournament organisers, its partners ATEED and the New Zealand Government, for their enthusiasm and commitment to staging the World Junior Championships.”
He also stated that BWF appreciates the junior players who will turn 19 years old in 2021 and unfortunately miss out on a BWF World Junior Championships experience. BWF shows their encouragement to these players to continue and develop their talent as badminton athletes and start to enter open international events.
The new date sets up an exciting period of international badminton events in Auckland, New Zealand, with the BWF World Junior Championships secured for 2024 to be followed by the BWF World Senior Championships in 2025.