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Finland ready for 2020 European Junior Championships
Date: 8/14/2020 10:46 AM
Published by : Alan Raftery
Badminton Europe visited Lahti in Finland this week, the city that will be host to Europe’s top young talents fighting to be crowned the best junior in Europe. 

One of the biggest and most exciting tournaments on the European calendar, the 2020 European Junior Championships, is due to take place 29 October – 7 November. Originally set to be played in Poland, however, with uncertainties around its organisation under COVID-19 restrictions, Finland took on the honour to host the event that has been running since 1969. 

Finland has hosted the event twice before. Once in Helsinki in 1983, and in Vantaa, just nine years ago in 2011. With a strong history of hosting, Badminton Europe is pleased that Finland could take on the challenge of hosting the event in 2020. Badminton Europe Deputy General Secretary, Jimmy Andersen, and Events Manager, Tamara Geeraerts, conducted a site visit at the Pajulahti Sports Institute in Lahti this week to see the venue and to discuss how preparations can be made to ensure a smooth-running tournament with player and staff safety as the focal point. Following this visit, Jimmy Andersen commented. 

-The Pajulahti Sports Institute is amazing and a perfect venue for the European Junior Championships, where our players will have the perfect conditions in an isolated, clean, safe and optimal sports environment. We understand and appreciate that federations, players and parents have worries and doubts during these difficult times, but after visiting Pajulahti we are very optimistic about the event. The event cannot be held any better place than here.

They deserve this event!
The European Junior Championships is an event for U19 players born in 2002 or later. Both a team event and the five individual events are played during the 10 days long competition.

Having seen the venue and the surrounding facilities, Badminton Europe is optimistic with the conditions for the many players that will be travelling to Finland from all over Europe, but there will, of course, be a continuation of work to ensure everything is in place come the end of October. Jimmy Andersen echoes this by stating. 

-Now we will work hard with the local organisers and Finnish authorities to make sure that we can organise a successful event for all our European junior players. They deserve this event!

For more information about the EJC20, click here.

In connection with the visit in Finland, Tamara Geeraerts and Jimmy Andersen also visited the Energia Areena in Vantaa – the venue which will host the finals of the 2021 European Mixed Team Championships on 16-20 February 2021. The qualification for the finals will take place on 9-12 December 2020 in six different locations around Europe. The winners from each qualification group will join the reigning champions Denmark and hosts Finland.

For the full draw of the EMTC21 qualification, click here

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