Finland is set to host a major BWF event for the first time when the 17th edition of the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2021 take place in Vantaa, Finland.
The BWF Sudirman Cup returns to Europe after the last tournament was hosted in Nanning, China in 2019 and previous to that the tournament was hosted for the first time in the Gold Coast, Australia in 2017.
The only change in the format is that 16 teams instead of 32 teams from around the world will compete in the world’s most prestigious mixed Badminton tournament.
The competition will take place in Vantaa, Finland from 26 September – 3 October 2021 with China, India, Thailand and Denmark favoured in the biennial event first held in 1989.
Vantaa is the fourth most heavily populated city in Finland and along with Helsinki (the capital of Finland), Espoo, and Kaunianen, Vantaa makes up the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
The Group Stage Draw of the BWF Sudirman Cup 2021 was recently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The host country Finland is in Group A and has a tough challenge ahead competing with the Asian powerhouses including China, the reigning champions who have won the Sudirman Cup on 11 occasions.
Group Stage Draw:
Group A – China, Thailand, Finland and India
Group B – Chinese Taipei, Korea, Tahiti and Germany
Group C – Indonesia, Denmark, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and Canada
Group D – Japan, Malaysia, England and Egypt
The top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage, which will conclude with the final on October 3 at Energia Areena.
Fun fact: The Sudirman Cup brings together elements of badminton and the cultural heritage of Indonesia – the country that donated the trophy.
Created in honour of Dick Sudirman, the trophy is made of 22-carat gold-plated solid silver. Standing 80 cm high, it stands on an octagonal base made of the finest jati wood. The body of the cup is shaped like a shuttlecock, while the lid is designed after Indonesia’s world-famous Borobudur Temple. The handles are shaped like stamens, symbolising the seeds of badminton. The trophy was made by the Masterix Bandung Company and cost USD 15,000 when it was presented to International Badminton Federation in May 1989.
Image Source: BWF Sudirman Cup
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