WORLDS 2010 – Change of Venue for France Champs

Due to a difficult economic situation, the French Badminton Association has decided to change the venue of the 2010 World Championships to host the biggest individual event in the usual […]

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Due to a difficult economic situation, the French Badminton Association has decided to change the venue of the 2010 to host the biggest individual event in the usual Super Series venue, Pierre de Coubertin Stadium.

By Raphaël Sachetat. Photo: Badmintonphoto.com

It was hoped that the 2010 BWF World Championships could be held in the Paris Bercy Stadium, the biggest indoor stadium in France, used for major concerts and Paris’s biggest events.  But the economic crisis has led the French BA to stand for a more reasonable option and switch the venue of the 2010 world championships to the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium, home of the 2007, 2008 and upcoming 2009 Super Series events.

The costs of the location of the Palais Omnisport de Paris Bercy were indeed too high for the young French Federation, which has yet to secure a title sponsor for the event, and it makes no sense to jeopardize the financial health of a national association for one event, no matter how big it is.

It will be frustrating for the french fans, who have dream of seeing the world’s best in one of Europe’s best arenas, but overall, there will also be some good sides to it. The Pierre de Coubertin Stadium is tailor-made for badminton, with fans and spectators very close to the action, and players have all voted this venue as one of the best in the world to play in.

Also, it means that fans from all over the world will have to secure their tickets early as the full capacity of the stadium is only 3300 seats and French fans will undoubtedly be eager to see the worlds’s best play on their home soil.

During the recently held Sudirman Cup, French BA President Paul André Tramier and Dr Kang Young Joong, President of the BWF, met and signed off on the official contract for the World Championships in 2010.

"I am delighted that the World Championships will be held in France. I have a total confidence in French BA’s ability to hold such a big event, after the successes of the 2007 and 2008 Super Series in Paris.  BWF wishes to develop even more its relationships with Europe and France is one of the key partners in that target," said Dr Kang.

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Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.