China is set to host the BWF World Tour Finals in December | Jobi Cool


China is set to host the BWF World Tour Finals in December. Image credit: Twitter/@BWF

China is set to host its first international badminton tournament since 2019, with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announcing on Thursday that the flagship BWF World Tour Finals will return to Guangzhou from 14 to 18 December 2022.

“The famous red courts of Tianhe Stadium will host the top eight players and pairs in each category at the end of the season as they battle it out for their share of the biggest prize pool ever seen in badminton – US$1.5 million,” the BWF said in a statement. official release. BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund said it was a positive step for the sport to see elite-level badminton in China.

“The HSBC BWF World Tour Finals is one of our most profitable tournaments of the year and we are delighted to partner with the Chinese Badminton Association, the Guangzhou City Government and our major partner HSBC to bring the finals back to Guangzhou,” said Thomas. said in the official statement released by BWF.

“We also thank the Chinese government for extending its invitation to the world’s best badminton players and remain confident that our hosts will deliver an impressive final event with the highest standards of player safety and comfort. Guangzhou hosted two impressive HSBC releases. BWF World Tour Finals in 2018 and 2019 and we are looking forward to putting on another great show for our loyal fans in China,” he added.

The tournaments in October and November are now the final chance for players to qualify for Guangzhou, with Lund confirming that the VICTOR China Open 2022 (Super 1000) and Fuzhou China Open 2022 (Super 750) have been cancelled.

“Unfortunately, it was not possible to move forward with plans to hold two tournaments in Changzhou and Fuzhou. It has been a vital year for badminton and we are extremely proud to have been able to deliver the majority of our HSBC BWF World Tours. ,” he said.

“The focus is now on the HSBC BWF World Tour and the rest of the BWF Tour, which are on offer with big points in the coming weeks,” he also said in an official release.

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