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Bangkok and Basel to host major badminton championships

KUALA LUMPUR: Bangkok and Basel have won bids to host the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) major events.

Bangkok beat off the challenge from India’s New Delhi for the right to host the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup Finals.

It will be the first time that the Thai capital will host the combined Thomas and Uber Cup Finals. Bangkok previously hosted the Thomas Cup Finals in 1976.

“I’m pleased and honoured that we have won the bid to stage the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals,” said Badminton Association of Thailand (BAT) vice-president Paisan Rangsikitpho.

“Since we got lucky with this bid, we also hope to get lucky next year and finish as winners too,” added Paisan.

The 12,000 capacity Impact Arena in Pak Kret in northern Bangkok will be used for the Finals.

In the fight to host the 2019 World Championships, the Swiss city of Basel surprisingly beat Tokyo to the job.

The loss is considered a big blow to Japan who was hoping to use the World Championships as a testing ground for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“There’s no doubt that we lost the possibility to test the venue before the 2020 Olympics. There were some geographical discussions in the BWF council and ultimately it was a rather close decision to select Basel,” said BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer.

China were the biggest winners, getting two host jobs uncontested. Nanjing will stage the 2018 World Championships while the 2019 Sudirman Cup will be held in Nanning.