Scotland Chosen as Hosts for 2017 Badminton World Championships

By iSportconnect | November 17, 2014

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has confirmed that the 2017 World Championships will take place in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scotland was awarded the championships at the BWF Council meeting in the Peruvian capital of Lima and Glasgow’s Emirates Arena has been chosen as the venue.

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said “The return of the World Championships to Scotland is a major coup for BADMINTONscotland and our partners, Glasgow City Council and EventScotland.

“We had put together a superb bid for the Sudirman Cup and our presentation was extremely well received, even though we narrowly lost out to Australia.

“There is little doubt that the quality of our bid played a significant part in the decision to award these Championships to us.

“There is a very pleasing symmetry to this announcement, when one recalls that we staged both the Sudirman Cup and the Individual Championships in 1997 and the Sudirman Cup again in 2007.

“Having the Individual Championships in 2017 will complete another ten year cycle of bringing the most prestigious badminton events to Scotland.

“The BWF is well aware of the strength of our partnership with Glasgow City Council and with EventScotland and they know from our track record that we will provide a world class setting and world class organisation for the world’s top players.

“Securing this event will also provide a huge incentive for our fantastic volunteer team, many of whom were involved in this summer’s Commonwealth Games and will be on duty again next week at the Emirates Arena for the Scottish Open Grand Prix.”

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer said: “It was obvious how much work and thought was invested in the bid which BADMINTONscotland and Glasgow submitted.

“We were stunned at some of their innovative thinking and the Council felt that, as we still had an option to award the World Championships, we would approach BADMINTONscotland and determine if they would be interested in hosting the World Championships in 2017.”