Christo Popov (France) can be an interesting bid for the U17 title after reaching the quarter-final at the recent World Junior Championships (Photo: BadmintonPhoto)
296 players to compete at the U17 championships
Date: 10/25/2017 9:01 AM
Published by : Emma Lollike
The entry deadline for the individual U17 championships surpassed on 24 October 2017 at midnight, and the ground stones for the European championships for players under the age of 17 has been laid out.

After the team event, the individual tournament will kick off from November 25 in the Czech capital of Prague, and Badminton Europe (BEC) is happy to announce that the number of players that have entered the individual tournament is 296. 

150 male players and 146 female players from a total of 39 European nations will compete to become European U17 champions, but who the winners eventually will be cannot be answered until the final’s day on 29 November 2017.

- We are extremely proud to experience that 75 percent (39 countries) of our member associations will be participating at the European U17 Championships this year. This proves once again badminton in Europe is experiencing progress, says BEC’s Senior Manager Jimmy Andersen.

Young title favourites 
The spectators in the Czech arena can also look forward to seeing the champions from the 2016 European U15 Championships, as they return to the European championships, now in an older age category but with the same ambitions.

Harry Huang from England, Kenji Louang and Christo Popov from France, Bengisu Ercetin and Zehra Erdem from Turkey, and, Sebastian Grønberg and Clara Graversen from Denmark, were on top of the podiums in Kazan, Russia, in 2016, and have entered the U17 championships this year. 

France’s Christo Popov (pictured above) has just returned from BWF’s 2017 World Junior Championships in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he reached the quarter-final in men’s singles. He is currently leading the European U17 ranking and will be a favorite for the title in Prague.

Marin and Axelsen as key examples
It is priority for BEC to evolve and grow talented players from various European nations in order create a stronger overall level in the continent, and with these new participation numbers Jimmy Andersen is happy to see that things are moving in the right direction:

- We started the European U17 Championships in 2009, where our first winners in singles were Carolina Marin and Viktor Axelsen. The reigning Olympic champion in women’s singles and the reigning world champion in men’s singles prove a good example to what U17 European talents can aspire to.

On the list of participating countries, Greece and Luxembourg can be found as newcomers this year, while some seeded nations from the team event, like Turkey, Czech Republic, Denmark, and, France rule the list of most participating players from one country.

The next key dates for BEC’s U17 championships is for the seeding and the draws. The seeding will be announced on 6 November 2017, and the draws will be conducted and published on 7 November 2017.

Find the full list of accepted players by clicking here.

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