BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020 Cancelled / – 2024 Edition to be Hosted in New Zealand

Further to our most recent Tournament Update of 16 October 2020 (linked here), BWF gives notice of the following cancellation and postponements.

BARFOOT & THOMPSON  BWF World Junior Championships 2020

BWF and the organisers of the BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020 confirm today that the Championships, rescheduled to be hosted in January 2021, have been cancelled.

The ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty around this, left BWF and Badminton New Zealand with no choice but to cancel the Championships.

With the host for the next edition already in place for later in 2021, and the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation expected to stretch into next year, postponement was not an option.

BWF appreciates that some junior players will turn 19 years old in 2021 and unfortunately miss out on a BWF World Junior Championships experience. We can only encourage them to continue to develop their talent as badminton athletes and start to enter open international events.

It has been a difficult and extraordinary year during the pandemic. We all look forward to a more consistent junior international badminton calendar in 2021 and the next BWF World Junior Championships in China, in October 2021.

Badminton New Zealand continued to be very interested in hosting a BWF World Junior Championships, and the BWF Council decided at its recent meeting that the 2024 edition of the Championships will be organised and hosted by Badminton New Zealand.

See the press release on the BWF Fan site (linked here).

Oceania Championship Postponed

BWF and Badminton Oceania announce that the following Continental Championships have been postponed. New dates will be communicated as soon as these are confirmed.

  • VICTOR Oceania Junior Mixed Team Championships 2021– Auckland 15 – 17 Feb 2021
  • VICTOR Oceania Junior Championships 2021 – Auckland – 18 – 21 Feb 2021
  • VICTOR Oceania Mixed Team Championships 2021 – Auckland – 15 – 17 Feb 2021
  • VICTOR Oceania Championships 2021 – Auckland – 18 – 21 Feb 2021

The health, safety and wellbeing of all athletes, their entourage, officials and the greater badminton community continues to be the top priority for all relevant parties.

Please continue to monitor the BWF Tournament Calendar for the latest updates (linked here).