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Bilbao has just been selected to host the 2016 World Junior Badminton Championships in the Chinese city of Dongguan. The alternative candidate was the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta.
The choice of the Basque city has special relevance because Indonesia has the highest number of federated players in the world (325,000 out of 24 million worldwide federated players). The struggle between the two cities was so intense that the Council of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) exceptionally decided that Yogyakarta will host the championship in 2017.
The president of the BWF, Poul-Erik Høyer, put it as follows:
“Usually when we have these situations there can only be one winner – but today we are pleased to announce we have two winners with whom the Council was equally impressed”
Bilbao’s candidacy and its proposal was described as impressive, which has allowed it to be elected versus the strong candidacy of Yogyakarta.
This sport, which Basques may consider exotic, has more than 200 million practitioners around the world, which will ensure a heightened media presence for Bilbao and for the Basque Country during the celebration of this Championship.
The event will allow hundreds of young people from all around the world, and especially young Asians, to get to know this country during the months of October and November 2016.
Here are some references to the selection appeared in the international press, as well as the video with the presentation of Bilbao’s candidacy.
Inside the Games – 16/5/2015 – Gran Bretaña
Spain, Indonesia and India to host major badminton events within next two years
Bilbao and Yogyakarta will host the World Junior Badminton Championships in 2016 and 2017 respectively, it has been announced. Both the Spanish and Indonesian cities were vying to stage next year’s edition, but following Bilbao’s successful bid, BWF Council members opted to offer the 2017 Championships to Yogyakarta.
Times of India – 15/5/2015 – India
Kochi to host World Senior Championships
Kochi, a major port city on the south west coast of India, will host the World Senior Badminton Championships in 2017, Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Friday. The Badminton Association of India (BAI) had bid for the 2017 World Senior Championships in May last year.
Vídeo Candidatura WJCH Bilbao 2016