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Bilbao, sede oficial del Campeonato del Mundo Junior de Badminton 2016

Bilbao has been chosen official venue of the Badminton Junior World Championship 2016 today in the Chinese city of Dongguan. The competition will take place at Bilbao Arena in October and November next year. This appointment supports the commitment of Bilbao City Council, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Basque Government for the great sporting events as a driver of economic activity and dynamism in the city, the province and the Basque Country.

This event also confirms Bilbao’s attractiveness as a benchmark for holding sporting events with international projection, among them the FIBA Basketball World Championship 2014 and the future European Football Championship UEFA EURO 2020.

Bilbao’s candidacy has competed with the city of Jakarta in Indonesia, first badminton world power, with 325,000 people federated in this sport. Bilbao’s proposal, rated as “the most suitable” to host the championship according to the Badminton World Federation, has received support from the European, Spanish and Basque Badminton Federations, the Spanish Olympic Committee and the Sports Council.