Guwahati To Host BWF World Badminton Juniors In 2025

New Delhi: The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has announced that Guwahati will host the 2025 BWF World Junior Championship. The decision was reached during the BWF Annual General Meeting held in Chengdu, coinciding with the BWF Thomas and Uber Cup.

This prestigious tournament, which will mark India’s second time as host, is slated to be held at the newly inaugurated National Centre of Excellence in Guwahati. Praised globally for its top-notch facilities and ample stadium capacity, the venue promises to provide an ideal setting for young badminton talent to compete for both team and individual honours.

BWF President Paul-Erik Hoyer expressed the significance of bringing the World Juniors to India, citing the country’s flourishing production line of elite badminton players. The decision to award Guwahati as the host city was influenced by positive feedback from the BWF Super 100 competition, Guwahati Masters, held in December last year.

Sanjay Mishra, the Secretary-General of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), emphasized India’s growing stature as a badminton powerhouse capable of both producing champion players and hosting international events. Mishra highlighted the successful hosting of past events like the BWF World Championships in Hyderabad and the Thomas & Uber Cup in New Delhi.

India’s hosting portfolio includes the upgraded Yonex Sunrise India Open, now a Super 750 event, alongside multiple other international tournaments, creating a robust badminton circuit.

The last time India hosted the BWF World Juniors was in Pune in 2008, a milestone year when Saina Nehwal clinched the world junior title.

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