Hangzhou lands badminton showcase on the trot


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The Asian Games Host City Hangzhou (Zhejiang, China) is set to host the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals for the next four years.

‘inside the games’ stated that badminton’s season-ending event has returned to a Chinese City after last year’s edition was moved from Guangzhou (China) to Bangkok (Thailand) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a continental multisport event held every fourth year among athletes from all over Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games.

The Asian Games 2023 will be held at Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China, from September 23rd to October 8th, 2023. The 15-day-long continental showpiece, shifted from 2022 to 2023 due to COVID-19, will feature 40 sports this year, with Asia’s best competing for the top honors.

Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)-based the Badminton World Federation (BWF) is the international governing body for the sport of badminton recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It was founded in 1934 as the International Badminton Federation with nine member-nations.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals, officially the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals, which succeeds the BWF Super Series Finals, is an annual badminton tournament which is held every December of a year where the players with the most points from that calendar year’s events of the BWF World Tour compete for a total prize money of at least US$ 1,500,000.

‘inside the games’ further stated that the first edition of the flagship event was held in 2018, as a successor to the BWF Super Series Finals.

The 2023 BWF World Tour Finals is scheduled to be held from December 13th-17th, more than two months after the postponed 2022 Asian Games concludes in the City when badminton is due to take place at the Binjiang Gymnasium in Hangzhou, China.

Since 2023, the badminton’s world governing body announced a 31-event World Tour calendar.

The BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund expressed delight over the awarding of their prestigious event to Hangzhou – “It is with great excitement to confirm Hangzhou, China as the host of our flagship HSBC BWF World Tour Finals for this cycle. Badminton is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with all-time high participation and fan numbers and Hangzhou with its superb sporting infrastructure and experience in staging elite international events is an ideal host for our finals. We look forward to the tour’s top eight players and pairs in each category fighting it out for glory in front of thousands of passionate fans.”

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen won the men’s singles title last year, while Akane Yamaguchi of Japan clinched the women’s crown.

China triumphed all doubles titles in the Thai capital.

The Chinese Badminton Association President Zhang Jun said hosting the event in Hangzhou is an “honor”.

Added Jun, “With its profound history and popularity here, badminton activities are ubiquitous in Hangzhou. It is an honor for the local Government to be the host for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals. And all top players around the world are welcomed to gather in the City.”

Beijing (China)-based the Chinese Badminton Association is a national non-Governmental, nonprofit sports organization in China. It represents China in the Badminton World Federation and the Badminton Asia Confederation as well as the sport of badminton in the All-China Sports Federation.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a non-Governmental sports organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is constituted in the form of an association under the Swiss Civil Code.

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