Last Friday, New Zealanders woke to the exciting news that Auckland had been awarded the hosting rights for the 2020 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Junior Championship and 2025 World Senior Championship.

The World Senior Championship is the largest badminton event in the world and will attract upwards of 600 players from every corner of the globe.

The World Junior Championship is recognised as a launching pad for the future stars of the sport and will be a great opportunity for our young Kiwi athletes. 

The news that Auckland will host both championships is warmly welcomed by ATEED – an important goal of our Destination AKL 2025 strategy is to attract more worldwide events like this to our city.

“These global tournaments will add to Auckland’s reputation as a world-class sports city and give our region international profile – particularly in Asian markets,” says Stuart Turner, Head of Major Events for ATEED.

“They will attract visitors who will stay for multiple nights and take time to experience all Auckland has to offer, directly benefiting the regional economy and supporting quality jobs in our tourism industry.”

Hosting the two championships is expected to bring substantial economic benefit to Auckland and New Zealand, with over 1,100 participants from 40 countries expected to visit.

For more information, please see the media release on

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