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Taiwan to host world junior badminton event

2011/07/19 22:47:29

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Taiwan will host an international junior badminton tournament in October, with over 800 players from around the world expected to compete, the organizers said at a press conference Tuesday.

The BWF World Junior Championships are slated to take place Oct. 28-Nov. 6 at the Taoyuan Arena in Taoyuan County. It will be the second world event for junior badminton to be held in Taiwan after the Badminton Asia Youth U19 Championships of 2001, according to the Chinese-Taipei Badminton Association.

One of Taiwan's rising stars, Tai Tzu-ying, who won the U.S. Open July 16 as an unseeded player, will automatically be enrolled on the national team for being ranked 24th in the world, said the association.

Meanwhile at the press conference, the two pairs that won the men's doubles gold and silver medals at the U19 Championships in India earlier this month were honored.

Their performances marked Taiwan's best showing at the event and have boosted the country's confidence for the October championships.

The four players -- Huang Po-rui, Lin Chia-you, Huang Chu-en and Lu Ching-yao -- will, however, have to win qualifying matches to represent the country.

Wu Jun-yan, a member of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) council, expressed hope that the Taoyuan County government will make an effort to attract large audiences to cheer the young players on.

Wu, who joined the council in 2009, was instrumental in helping Taiwan win the bid to host this year's event.

(By Kendra Lin)