St. Jakobshalle, Basel. Credit: Badmintonphoto
An outstanding World Championships
Date: 8/28/2019 9:03 AM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

The General Secretary of Badminton Europe praises the BWF and the Swiss organisers on a successful World Championships.

Swiss Badminton and the local organisers in Basel can now relax and look back on the World Championships and the Para-Badminton World Championships, which was a great success for the Swiss organisation

- I think it has been a fantastic setup. Having the World Championships and the Para-Badminton World Championships at the same time at the same place has created a good dynamic and the setup and facilities have been amazing, Brian Agerbak, General Secretary of Badminton Europe said.

Few highlights
Anders Antonsen, Denmark, made it to the finals on Sunday, and despite losing the final to Kento Momota, Japan, the General Secretary is happy to see, that a European player claimed a medal in Basel.

- It is important from a European and global point of view that we have a European player in the finals. It is crucial that badminton continue to present itself as a global sport and that world class players are not only Asians. For now it is our task, as Europeans, to challenge the Asians, so it is fantastic that Antonsen has delivered a result like this, Agerbak stated.

- Of course, we there were some outstanding European performances in Basel but looking generally on the results the conclusion must be that we had too few European left when we reached the weekend. The Dutch mixed doubles (Selena Piek and Robin Tabeling) and the German men’s doubles (Marvin Seidel and Mark Lamsfuss) both performed very well and then I was really impressed with the performance of Mia Blichfeldt who seemed to have raised her game. 

Working with top nations
Asia dominated the World Championships winning 19 out of 20 medals and at Badminton Europe the General Secretary is aware, that things need to be done, for Europe to continue to produce World Class players in greater numbers than we see today.

- We are determined to support the top European Federations and the best players in Europe to perform even better. We are therefore ready to facilitate this cooperation in the areas where the top European Federations consider this an added value for their players. We have started our European Training Centre in Denmark a few years ago but this activity is more tailored for the sub-elite. We need to do more for the players that already are world class, Brian Agerbak explained.

The next World Championships to be played in Europe will be in 2020, where the Thomas & Uber Cup will take place in Denmark.

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