Australia wins Superseries spot
The Badminton World Federation announced the host countries for the next cycle of the BWF World Superseries events during a press conference at the Sofitel Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, following the November BWF Council meeting.
The announcement by BWF President Kang Young Joong of the host countries for the 2014-2017 cycle of Superseries events, including both the five World Superseries Premier and seven World Superseries events left most of the host countries from the 2011-2013 cycle intact with some minor shuffling. However, the announcement did leave two hopeful countries disappointed and one new host country in particular, overjoyed.
The five hosts for World Superseries Premier events are:
All England Open
The seven hosts for the World Superseries events will be:
Hong Kong Open
Australian Open becomes the newcomer to host a Superseries event. The remaining hosts for the 2014-2017 cycle retained their spots from the previous cycle.
The Australians were the happiest contingent at the press conference. Badminton Australia and Badminton Oceania President Geraldine Brown said after the announcement, “I’m very, very happy. I think it demonstrates that the BWF is serious about being inclusive of all the federations. It’s a huge step for badminton in Oceania and badminton in general, and gives other regions hope as well. Destination NSW [the sponsors of Oceania’s bid] will be extremely happy, and we’re confident we can deliver a world class event for Oceania, New South Wales and Sydney.”
Loke Poh Wong Board Member of Badminton Oceania and Event Director of the Australian Open added, “We would like to thank the BWF for the opportunity, it will certainly lift the sport of badminton in the Oceania region.”