India will be hosting the 2026 Badminton Championships said BWF on Tuesday. While India was scheduled to host the Sudirman Cup in 2023, those hosting rights were awarded to China. This news comes after the 2021 Sudirman Cup was shifted to Finland due to the deadly Covid-19 situation in Asia.
“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 according to The Hindu.
The Badminton World Federation confirmed that the 2023 Sudirman Cup will now be held in China. This is only the second time India will be hosting the Badminton Championships. They were last held in India in 2009 in Hyderabad.
“Hosting the Badminton Championships will be a Great honour for India,” BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma
Badminton Federation of India’s President Himanta Biswa Sarma welcomed this move by the BWF. “Staging a tournament of the stature of World Championships is a great achievement for us at Badminton Association of India as well as for the country,” she said.
She believes that holding the tournament in India will be of great benefit to the country. Sarma believes that seeing world class shuttlers perform will definitely boost the morale of young Indian player and motivate others to take on the sport.
PV Sindhu is the current reigning world champion in women’s singles. She also has 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals at the World Championships. Sindhu also won a silver in Badminton at the Rio Olympics, and will be going to the Tokyo Olympics in hopes of bettering her medal.