New Delhi: The Badminton World Junior Championships to be held in Auckland in September was on Friday rescheduled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) confirmed that the World Junior Championships will now be held from January 18 to 24 next year.
The prestigious event will be preceded by the World Junior Mixed Team Championships with the BWF scheduling it from January 11 to 16.
“There are new dates for the BARFOOT & THOMPSON BWF World Junior Championships 2020, which were scheduled to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in September this year,” the BWF said in a release.
“The rescheduled dates for the world events are 11-24 January 2021. Only those athletes eligible for the originally scheduled championships are allowed to enter. The new time frame gives the BWF, Badminton New Zealand and tournament organisers the best chance to stage a successful event for the large volume of junior players expected to travel to Auckland.”
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal is the only Indian to be crowned the World Junior Champion in Pune in 2008.
In boy’s category, Siril Verma had claimed the silver in 2015, B Sai Praneeth and H S Prannoy won bronze medals in 2010. RMV Gurusaidutt and Sameer Verma also bagged the bronze in 2008 and 2011 editions respectively.
Lakshya Sen had won a bronze in the 2018 edition in Canada.