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India to host 2026 World Badminton Championships

P.V. Sindhu and B. Sai Praneeth. File

P.V. Sindhu and B. Sai Praneeth. File

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has allotted the prestigious BWF World Championship to India for 2026, it was officially announced on Tuesday.

This will be the second time that India will host the premium tournament, which is held every year except for the Olympic year, after the 2009 edition in Hyderabad.

Confident

Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma was confident that hosting the Worlds Championship in 2026 would only help Indian badminton take bigger steps towards becoming a world powerhouse.

“Staging a tournament of this stature will be a great achievement for us at the Badminton Association of India as well as for the country,” he said in a statement.

“We are thankful to BWF for considering India for badminton’s most prestigious and premier tournament and I believe with world-class shuttlers coming to participate, it will be a great opportunity and motivation for the enthusiasts of the game and for the sport to see a huge growth across the country,” said Sarma.

“With a string of tournaments being cancelled due to the pandemic globally, BWF had reached out to us with an alternate proposal. We, at BAI, felt that this was a great opportunity for the country as well as for the badminton fraternity,” said BAI general secretary Ajay K. Singhania.

India has so far won 10 World Championship medals with reigning champion P.V. Sindhu leading the chart with a gold, two silver, and two bronze medals. Prakash Padukone claimed India’s first medal at the World Championships in 1983. The other winners have been Saina Nehwal (silver, 2015 & bronze, 2017), B. Sai Praneeth (bronze, 2019), and Ashwini Ponnappa & Jwala Gutta (doubles bronze, 2011).

In 2019, B. Sai Praneeth ended a 36-year wait for a men’s singles world championship medal at Basel, Switzerland. Apart from that, Saina Nehwal had won the silver and bronze in the 2015 and 2017 editions respectively, while the women’s doubles combination of Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta had bagged a bronze in 2011 at London.


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