Please find enclosed an update on 2022 tournaments (one cancellation / one postponement) and a notice related to the introduction of a international junior entry / seeding ranking list.
Please pass this information on internally to the relevant people.
- Adjustments to the Calendar
Further to our announcement of the cancellation of one Junior International of 3 January (linked here) we would like to announce the following decisions which have been made in consultation with the relevant Continental Confederation and the host association.
- CIPUTRA HANOI – YONEX SUNRISE Vietnam International Challenge 2022 – Hanoi – 22 – 27 March 2022
- YONEX Canadian International Challenge 2022 – Edmonton – 17 – 22 May 2022
Please continue to look at the calendar regularly (linked here) and watch out for announcements and updates. BWF also has a running record of all of the adjustments to the calendar due to COVID-19 related issues (linked here).
- Temporary Int. Junior Entry / Seeding Ranking List Introduced
The BWF has introduced a temporary internal World Junior Ranking, called the “International Junior Entry/Seeding Ranking List”.
This list will be used for seeding in future Junior International Tournaments, until such time as the World Junior Ranking is back to its usual live 52-week status.
The International Junior Entry/Seeding Ranking List serves as a tool to manage acceptance of entries (M/Q process) and seeding in the absence of having a World Junior Ranking with the intent to better reflect the strength of the best players in the world.
This list includes all tournaments from March 2019 through to the end of 2020 (currently, this is the frozen World Junior Ranking), all 2021 World Ranking Tournaments, and all Junior International Tournaments deemed eligible to count for World Junior Ranking.
A further opening up of the normal World Junior Ranking would only be possible with a
more regular tournament activity across all Continents. The participation rate has been quite different across the continents which are still very much influenced by the COVID-19 situation, and there are a much lower number of junior tournaments available to play.