Press Conference: City of Markham

MARKHAM, ON – February 6, 2018 – The City of Markham is set to host the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships from November 5 to 18, 2018 at the Markham Pan Am Centre in partnership with Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario. 

The Markham Pan Am Centre is recognized as a world class venue that hosted four sold out events during the 2015 Pan Am & Parapan Am Games, including badminton. Celebrating our Canadian identity through sport unites our community and makes the City an international sports destination.

“Let’s cheer on Team Canada as we welcome the world to Markham,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our state of the art facility, which was built with badminton in mind, is the perfect venue to watch the world’s best compete. Markham loves badminton, and this competition will not only create a strong sense of community, it will inspire young athletes to pursue excellence in sport.”

For the 600 athletes from over 55 countries, this is a rare opportunity to showcase their skills while competing on Canadian soil. This is only the third time in the history of the sport that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships. “It is another opportunity to promote badminton in one of our developing confederations and I am sure Markham will be a great host,” says Poul-Erik Hoyer, President, Badminton World Federation (BWF). “It will be exciting to watch the young talents battling on court and I urge residents of Markham and the Greater Toronto Area to support this event.”

Badminton is the second most popular sport in the world, requiring skill, speed, agility and endurance. It is the #1 participatory sport in Markham schools, with a strong network of clubs and programming established within York Region for the sport. Michelle Li is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and has just returned home to Markham from competing at the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2018. “Living and training in Markham has been the best an athlete can ask for,” she says. “As I watch the younger players, I can see just how excited they are to compete in the World Junior Championships in Markham next November!”

“On behalf of Badminton Canada and all our players, athletes, coaches, and fans, I want to express our excitement at this tremendous opportunity to host the world during the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships in Markham,” says Anil Kaul, President of Badminton Canada. “I also want to thank Badminton Ontario, the Organizing Committee, and all the volunteers and sponsors for their passionate work towards these Championships.”

Please see the full media release here : Media Release – Markham to host 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships.pdf

Badminton Canada is proud to host the 2018 World Junior Championships

The 2018 World Junior Championships are headed to Markham, ON

(Ottawa, ON) – On Monday May 22nd, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced that Badminton Canada has been awarded the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships, to be held at the Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario in November of 2018. This marks only the third time that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships, having previously hosted the 2004 World Junior Badminton Championships (Richmond, BC) and the 1985 World Championships (Calgary, AB). The World Junior Badminton Championships is the largest of the BWF World Championships, attracting upwards of 40 countries and over 500 athletes and coaches.

“Badminton Canada is extremely excited about this opportunity to host the World Juniors in Canada.” Said Joe Morissette, Executive Director of Badminton Canada. “This event capitalizes on the legacy of the 2015 Pan American Games, and the 2014 Senior Pan American Championships, both hosted at the Pan Am Centre in Markham, Ontario.”

The World Junior Championships are a great opportunity to showcase rising stars among the next generation of world class badminton athletes. With hosting this international tournament, Badminton Canada believes this event is a huge step for our high-performance and long-term development programs.

“Hosting this event well aligns with our targeted, long-term approach to putting athletes on the podium at the Olympics” continued Joe Morissette, “we understand that producing and developing world champions is a process. Hosting events such as the 2018 World Junior Championships is an important step in supporting our next generation of athletes.”

“Winning a bid for any World Championships in any sport takes a significant amount of work and dedication at so many levels” said Martha Deacon, Director of High Performance on the Badminton Ontario Board, and co-presenter of the bid to the BWF with the Badminton Canada President, Anil Kaul; “we bid knowing the enormity of the task but also in understanding the opportunity that it presents to our nation, to our athletes and to showcase the international diversity of our sport to the GTA”.

“Today the Markham Pan Am Centre legacy lives on as one of Canada’s premier international sports destinations and an elite athlete training centre, located in the heart of downtown Markham,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Celebrating and participating in sport is important to the people of Markham. It’s a strong part of our Canadian identity. Our community offers everything you need for a successful badminton event; the City of Markham is proud and honoured to host the Badminton World Junior Championships in 2018.”

With Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario working collaboratively to bring one of the most prestigious events in badminton to Canada, there is only excitement and optimism surrounding the international competition.

“We are absolutely thrilled with this news from the BWF, and want to thank them for their confidence in our ability to host such a prestigious competition. This is a testament to the living legacy for our sport – from the world class facility that is the Markham Pan Am Centre, to our hundreds of volunteers that were trained for the Games and continue to dedicate so much of their time to building our sport” said Ian Moss, President of Badminton Ontario.

“Not only will this competition showcase the future World and Olympic Badminton champions, but it will offer a massive opportunity for our Canadian athletes and coaches to measure themselves against the best in the world” he continued.

Canada will be hosting the 2017 Pan Am Junior Badminton Championships at the Pan Am Centre in Markham from July 21-28th, and will serve as an excellent preparation event for hosting the World Junior Badminton Championships the following year.

Badminton Canada encourages everyone to come out and support our Canadian athletes for the both the 2017 Jr. Pan American Championships as well as the 2018 World Juniors. These events will have world class performances, and will certainly provide an unforgettable experience for all those who attend. We look forward to seeing you at the Markham Pan Am Centre!

Mike Luck
Events & Communications Officer
Badminton Canada