Badminton Australia regretfully announces that the Australian 2020 Combined National Junior Championships for U19, U17 and U15 have been cancelled. The Combined Nationals were planned for December 2020 but due to the ongoing risks, restrictions and travel challenges relating to COVID-19 around Australia the difficult decision has been made.
Badminton Australia has made this decision in close consultation with the State and Territory Badminton organisations and considering what is in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of participants. Whilst we know this will be disappointing for many people in the Australian badminton community Badminton Australia and the States and Territory organisations felt making a decision early, rather than closer to the event, is in everyone’s best interests.
Badminton Australia CEO Jamie Parsons said “We wish to thank everyone in the badminton community for their patience and support through these very challenging times. We look forward to all the junior national events running in 2021 and seeing everyone back on court”
This event was to be used as a selection event for the 2021 National Junior Squad program. Badminton Australian plans to make a further announcement regarding the National Junior squad for 2021 later in the year.
Badminton Australia General Manager Operations Peter Roberts “Whilst it is regrettable that Badminton Australia are cancelling the 2020 combined Junior National Championships, our major concern is the safety and well-being of our players, coaches, technical officials and volunteers. We look forward to the 2021 Junior Nationals taking place at their usual times of the year, also meeting with our State & Territory partners to discuss options for the 2022 National Championships and beyond”
The first National Championships scheduled for 2021 will be the National Open Championships (including the Ede Clendinnen Team Shield) to be played in NSW at Sydney Olympic Park from the 30th on January till the 4th of February.
For further information about the 2021 Calendar can be found by clicking HERE
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