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Badminton: Jakarta to stage 2015 BWF Worlds; Dongguan to host Sudirman Cup

Indonesian duo Hendra Setiawan (left) and Mohammad Ahsan (right) celebrate winning this year’s Indonesia Open men's doubles final at the Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, which has been confirmed as host of the 2015 BWF World Championships. Photo: AFP.

Indonesia’s Hendra Setiawan (left) and Mohammad Ahsan celebrate winning this year’s Indonesia Open men’s doubles final at the Istora Senayan Stadium in Jakarta, which has been confirmed as host of the 2015 BWF World Championships. Photo: AFP.

November 29, 2013: The colourful sights and deafening noise inside the Istora Senayan Stadium will be a highlight of the 2015 BWF World Championships after the Indonesian capital of Jakarta won the right to host one of badminton’s showpiece events.

 

Dongguan in China’s Guangdong province was named as host of the Sudirman Cup mixed team competition in 2015, while Helsingborg, Sweden will stage the World Senior Championships in the same year.

 

Poul-Erik Hoyer, President of the BWF (Badminton World Federation), made the announcements in Athens, Greece, as the BWF Council confirmed the host cities for its major events in 2015.

 

Jakarta beat the Chinese city of Kunshan in Jiangsu province to stage the World Championships, which will return to Asia after being held in Copenhagen, Denmark, next August.

 

Bambang ‘Rudy’ Roedyanto (left) and Roland Halim (right), pictured with BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer (centre), presented the winning bid for Jakarta as the Indonesian capital was selected to stage the BWF World Championships 2015. Photos: BWF.

Bambang ‘Rudy’ Roedyanto (left) and Roland Halim (right), pictured with BWF President Poul-Erik Hoyer, presented the winning bid for Jakarta as the Indonesian capital was selected to stage the BWF World Championships 2015. Photo: BWF.

The PBSI (Badminton Association of Indonesia) organises the annual Indonesia Open, a Superseries Premier event on the BWF World Superseries circuit known for its energetic atmosphere, and was delighted the nation would stage the World Championships for the third time, following earlier editions in 1980 and 1989.

 

Bambang ‘Rudy’ Roedyanto, PBSI’s International Relations Manager, said: “We are grateful and we are going to make it one of the best World Championships. It is going to be even better than the Indonesia Open and everybody knows how exciting that is.”

 

The World Championships are held annually except during Olympic Games years. This year’s tournament was held in August in Guangzhou, China, where Chinese superstar Lin Dan dramatically won the men’s singles title after barely competing since winning last year’s Olympics.

 

Dongguan is located just east of Guangzhou, also in Guangdong province, and the city’s winning bid to host the 2015 Sudirman Cup will be a boost for the host nation as China target a sixth straight success and a 10th win in 11 editions from 1995.

 

The delegation from Dongguan, China, with BWF Council members after Dongguan was named host city for the next Sudirman Cup.

The Dongguan delegation with BWF Council members after the city was chosen to host the Sudirman Cup. Photo: BWF.

Yu Lijun, Vice Mayor of Dongguan, said: “We are very happy. I look forward to seeing everyone in Dongguan.”

 

The Sudirman Cup was inaugurated in 1989 and is held every two years. China has previously hosted the tournament in Beijing in 2005 and Guangzhou in 2009.

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