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Two badminton treats

Twice within the space of four weeks, Europe’s and the world’s best badminton players will be competing in Basel: first at the Team European Championships (11 – 16 February), and then in the Swiss Open (11 – 16 March).

By Martin Pütter

Badminton in Basel has experienced something extraordinary: instead of having to bid to host a major event – which seems to be standard procedure in sport nowadays – the city was actually asked by the European governing body “Badminton Europe” whether it could host the Team European Championships for men and women. The thinking behind this request was: for more than 20 years Basel now has been hosting a world class tournament around the middle of March, the Swiss Open – would it not be easy to use the infrastructure and logistics for one tournament for another major badminton event? The organisers of the Swiss Open also thought it made sense. So now Basel is first hosting the Team European Championships for men and women, from 11 to 16 March, followed four weeks later (11 to 16 March) by the Swiss Open, with prize money of 125,000 US dollars one of badminton’s highest calibre tournaments worldwide.

The Team Championships will be marking an additional first, as Basel will simultaneously host the first ever U15 European Championships. Not only does this allow Europe’s young talents to compete against each other, they can also learn from watching their elders. Combining these two tournaments also means that Basel is hosting one of the biggest badminton events of all. However, the number of players at this event will be surpassed by the quality on show four weeks later: the world’s best badminton players will be taking part in the Swiss Open from 11 to 16 March. All the big names in badminton’s world ranking will be appearing in the St. Jakobs-Halle. For details about both these tournaments, click on the following links:

Team European Championships (English)

Basel Swiss Open (English)

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