World Junior Championships Returns to India

World Junior Championships Returns to India

Guwahati, the largest metropolis of northeastern India, has been announced as the host city of the BWF World Junior Championships 2025.

Both the team and individual events will be held at Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) National Centre of Excellence in the capital city of the state of Assam. Inaugurated in August 2023, the state-of-the-art venue boasts 14 courts, an international standard gymnasium and a seating capacity of 4,000 spectators.

The World Juniors were last held in India in Pune in 2008 but the country hosted the 2009 BWF World Championships (Hyderabad) and 2014 BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals (New Delhi) after that.

BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer is excited to see a BWF Major Championship return to India.

“India’s production line of elite badminton talent is booming, and it is of great significance for the BWF to bring our World Juniors to India for just the second time,” Høyer said.

“BAI’s brand new National Centre of Excellence is a state-of-the-art facility for badminton and will be the perfect arena for our next generation talent to battle it out for team and individual glory.”

One of the fastest growing Indian cities, Guwahati is situated on the south bank of the Brahmaputra river, which flows through Tibet (China), northeastern India and Bangladesh. It is called the ‘City of Temples’ due to many ancient Hindu temples being situated there.

Guwahati is also the birthplace of Ashmita Chaliha, the 24-year-old women’s singles shuttler part of India’s Asia Team Championships gold medal-winning squad in February. Dipankar Bhattacharjee, Assam’s first Olympian who featured at Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, is from the city as well.