Badminton England has confirmed that it has been forced to withdraw from the 2017 Sudirman Cup – the world mixed team badminton championships – set to be staged in the Gold Coast, Australia next month.
England were originally grouped to face Malaysia and Japan in May’s showpiece team event, but will now not send a squad to contend the group stages.
Jon Austin, Performance Director, Badminton England said: “It is with deep disappointment that we have had to withdraw the England team from participating at the Sudirman Cup.
“We have a long standing association with the Sudirman Cup, having been one of the founding nations represented at the first ever championships.
“The Sudirman Cup was always in our plans, particularly with the Commonwealth Games just 11 months later. But we are now working through an unprecedented financial situation as a consequence of the recent funding decisions.
“The decision is a tough one to make but we have had to consider the investments we make very carefully. The pressures we are facing right now, both through the people resource and financial investment needed means we are regrettably not in a position to commit to the Sudirman Cup this year.”
The Sudirman Cup takes place every two years. England finished ninth in the world two years ago with the nation’s best finish being 2007 semi finalists.
The BWF have confirmed that Germany will now step into the world group, replacing England.
Badminton England wish everyone at BWF and at Badminton Australia every success with the hosting of the Sudirman Cup.