BADMINTON England today confirmed their determination to retain their Premier status in the OSIM BWF World Superseries after the world governing body announced the list of member nations competing for the 12 tournament places for the 2014-2017 cycle.
The Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships is the oldest Open tournament in world badminton, dating back more than 100 years, and is one of five Premier events in the current cycle, along with the Denmark, Korean, Indonesian and China Opens.
But the big five will face competition from Malaysia, Singapore and newcomers Australia as the BWF evaluate the bids before announcing their decisions in Bangkok in November. In total 14 member nations and 15 tournaments (including two from China) are bidding for World Superseries status.
Chinese Taipei and Thailand are the other two newcomers bidding to join the 12-event Superseries circuit.
The BWF will be retaining the current 12-event format with seven Superseries events and five top-tier Premier tournaments. But the Premier events will offer record prize money, with a minimum of US$500,000 on offer in 2014 and 2015, rising to $550,000 in 2016 and to $600,000 for 2017, compared to the $400,000 on offer in 2013. Prize money will also increase in the seven World Superseries events.
Adrian Christy, Chief Executive of BADMINTON England, said: “The world Superseries has been a huge success to date and I congratulate the vision of the BWF in putting into place a tournament series that has achieved extraordinary broadcast figures across the world and exposure for players that has not been seen before.
“I am extremely proud of the part the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships has played in the global development of badminton for more than 100 years and its part as a Premier Superseries event in this current cycle.
"We recognise the competition for Superseries status is going to be tough but we believe our bid is extremely strong and demonstrates our vision and commitment to continue to showcase the best badminton in the world to a global TV audience and sell out crowds.”
Thomas Lund, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary General of BWF, said: “The bidding for these 12 events has been extremely competitive and those countries and cities which are selected will have met some high criteria because we are looking to raise the bar in a number of ways.
“Badminton as a sporting and entertainment spectacle is improving each year and, as a result, is generating more interest and excitement worldwide. The fact that so many countries and cities now want to be part of BWF’s elite circuit is testament to this fact.
“We are currently evaluating the bids against the criteria and we will announce the host cities at our next Council meeting in November. It is going to be tough to exclude any of these Member Associations but, at the end of the process, we are confident we will have chosen the very best cities in which to showcase badminton.”
The breakdown of the nations bidding for OSIM BWF World Superseries status is as follows:
Premier Level Tournaments - Australia, China (Guangzhou bid), Denmark, England, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
Regular Level Tournaments - China (Changzhou bid), Chinese Taipei, Thailand, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan and South Korea
Meanwhile, the 2013 Yonex All England Open Championships will take place in Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena from March 5-10 as BADMINTON England prepare to celebrate 30 years of continuous title sponsorship by Yonex, the world’s No.1 badminton brand.
*For ticket information see www.allenglandbadminton.com with early-booking offers available until 23.59pm on 30 September.