The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has confirmed the expansion of four new World Tour stops for the 2023-2026 cycle, with funding provided by the governing body and the Infront agency.
New Super 500 tournaments will be incorporated into the BWF World Tour’s remodelled 31-event calendar in Australia, Canada, Finland, and Japan. Other 500-level tournaments in the series will take place in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand.
As part of the World Tour’s expansion plans, the Malaysia Open will join the All England Open, China Open, and Indonesia Open as a Super 1000 tournament.
Besides that, the India Open and Singapore Open have both been elevated to the 750 level, while established events in China, Denmark, France, and Japan continue to stay in the Super 750 category. The HYLO Open and Orléans Masters contests have also been promoted to the Super 300 level.
BWF Secretary General, Thomas Lund, said, “Badminton is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with all-time high participation and fan numbers. More tournaments give us a fantastic opportunity to enhance the sport’s reach around the world, not only in established territories but in new ones as well. It also allows for more players to enter our elite circuit and gain valuable experience.
“We were very encouraged by the large number of high-quality bids we received and that bodes well for a bigger and better tour across the next four years. It enables us to commit to higher prize money, greater coverage on television and online, and spectacular presentation, all contributing to an enhanced world-class sports product that we seek.”