The Badminton World Federation on July 13, 2021, announced that India will host the World Badminton Championship in 2026.
India was to organize the Sudirman Cup in 2023 but the sport’s global governing body BWF decided to award the hosting rights of the world mixed team championships to China. While this year’s Sudirman Cup was shifted from Suzhou, China to Vantaa, Finland due to the COVID-19 situation in the Asian country.
India to host the BWF World Championships in 2026
•India will be hosting the world championship for the second time. The previous event was hosted by Hyderabad, India in 2009.
•“Suzhou will now stage the 2023 edition of the BWF World Mixed Team Championships, with original 2023 hosts India accepting the opportunity to host the BWF World Championships in 2026,” the BWF said in a media release.
•Himanta Biswa, President, Badminton Association of India (BAI) said that hosting the world championships is a great achievement for us at the Badminton Association of India as well as for the country.
•Ajay Singhania, General Secretary, Badminton Association of India (BAI) said that Indian Badminton has been a great success with two successive medals coming from the Olympics.
BWF World Championships – Indian Players: Key highlights
•The Olympic-bound P V Sindhu is the world champion in women’s singles. She has won two bronze and two silver medals at the world championships.
•Saina Nehwal won the silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017 editions.
•Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, women’s double pair won a bronze in London in 2011.
•B Sai Praneeth is the first Indian male badminton player who won a bronze in the world championships in 2019 at Basel, Switzerland.