PETALING JAYA: Dubai is set to host the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals in December as part of a new four-year partnership between the Arab city and the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
In bringing the Finals to the UAE and the Middle East for the first time, the Superseries rankings has also been renamed “Destination Dubai Rankings”.
Only the top eight singles and doubles players will qualify for the tournament via points gathered from the 12-stage BWF World Superseries events.
So far, only three Superseries events have concluded – the Korean Open, Malaysian Open and the All-England. World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei won the Malaysian Open and All-England. The fourth Superseries event of the year – the India Open, started on Wednesday.
“We are extremely happy to welcome Dubai and the sense of style which it brings to the Superseries Finals,” said BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer.
“Our tour is becoming increasingly popular and is televised throughout the year in more than 160 countries with a household reach of more than 300 million.
“Dubai’s global community, accessibility and track record in hosting world-class sporting events can only help us grow the sport and make badminton even more accessible to fans.”
Dubai Sports Council deputy chairman Mattar Al Tayer added that it is an opportunity to build on that interest and drive community engagement and physical activity across the city.
Since the Superseries Finals was introduced, Chong Wei has won four titles from 2008-2010 and last year. China’s Lin Dan won in 2011 while world No. 2 Chen Long was the victor in 2012.