Hosts Canada find themselves alongside Malaysia, Ukraine, Poland and Sweden in Group B following yesterday’s draw for the LI-NING BWF World Junior Championships 2018 Mixed Team Championships.
A total of 41 teams will battle for the prized team trophy – the Suhandinata Cup – at Markham Pan Am Centre from 5 to 10 November 2018.
During the draw at the Badminton World Federation’s office, the 41 teams were placed into seven groups of five each and one group of six. The six-team group is Group A, which was further sub-divided into two groups of three teams each. Seeding for the teams was based on the World Junior rankings of 23 August 2018.
Following the round-robin stage, the top-placed group teams (eight in all) will qualify for the quarter-finals to compete for the trophy. The remaining teams will fight for overall placings.
The quarter-finals will see the respectively-ranked teams of Group A face off against Group B, Group C against Group D, Group E against Group F and Group G against Group H.
Defending champions and top seeds China are in Group A1 with Australia and Germany, while Group A2 consists of Netherlands, New Zealand and Hong Kong. As Group A is the only group with two sub-groups, there will be an additional play-off for the top-ranked position of Group A for qualification to the quarter-finals.
Second seeds Indonesia are in Group H with England, Mexico, Macau and Austria.
The draw was overseen by Referee Nahathai Sornprachum of Thailand. Li-Ning Malaysia representatives Teoh Yann Ling, Brand Development Manager, and Ivan Tham Kar Hong, E-Business Development Manager, assisted in the draw. The proceedings were hosted by BWF Chief Operating Officer Stuart Borrie who thanked Badminton Canada, Badminton Ontario, the City of Markham and the Provincial Government of Ontario for “their significant contribution in hosting this year’s Championships”.
The Suhandinata Cup celebrates team excellence in junior badminton, which is a priority area for BWF as well as for its Global Development Partner, HSBC; and title sponsor Li-Ning. It will be followed by the individual World Junior Championships which will run 12-18 November at the same venue.
FEATURED IMAGE: Li-Ning Malaysia’s Brand Development Manager, Teoh Yann Ling (left) and Li-Ning Malaysia’s E-Business Development Manager, Ivan Tham Kar Hong, pulled Denmark into Group G.