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Big changes at the EMWTC
Date: 3/2/2021 9:07 AM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

From 2023 nations will play a qualification to be part of the eight-team final stage for the 2024 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships (EMWTC).


In 2019 and 2021, the European Mixed Team Championships have included eight teams for the final stage. From 2023/2024, the concept of qualification groups and an eight-team final stage will also be implemented at the European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships.

- I believe the finals of EMWTC will be thrilling competitions that can engage both long time and new badminton fans, Renna Unt, Chair of Major Events at Badminton Europe, stated.


High-level competition
The decision to change the current format where all Members of Badminton Europe can enter the final stage of the European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships to an event where the host, the holder and six additional teams will qualify was made at the Board of Directors’ meeting on 26 January 2021.


- The decision to change the format was mostly driven by the wish to make the EMWTC, one of our most important events, even more attractive to fans and media. A combined final with the best men’s and women’s teams will enable to showcase badminton in the best way with high-level competitive matches and the participation of the best European players, Unt said.

- The current format also makes it difficult for many of our Members to organise an event like this, but with the new format it will be easier, she added.


Open entry in 2022
The 2022 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships will have an open entry for all Members. It was too early to make the implementation for the upcoming championships.

- We are already in 2021 and having a new format in 2022 would mean hosting qualifications already this year. As our members have already done their budgets for 2021, competing in and hosting qualifications have not been included into these. All members who are affected by the change can prepare in time, Unt stated.


Renna Unt adds that it has been important to include the Members in the process. 


- The new format is based on the consultation process with Members. We asked for their feedback to potential format changes, and we were also encouraged by how well the EMTC format change was done some years ago.

New spot for U15
The European U15 Championships normally takes place alongside the EMWTC, but with the implementation of the new format from 2023/2024, the U15 Championships will in the future find a new spot in the tournament calendar.

- The U15 Championships will remain, and the youngest players will still have the chance to compete for the European champion titles. The European U15 Championships will continue to take place in even years, and it will be held either as a separate individual event or it can be combined with the European Junior Championships that are held in the same years.

- This will be the choice of our Members who are interested in organising this event, whether they want to host the European U15 Championships as a standalone event or if the European Junior Championships organiser would like to add the U15 to their tournament. Both options will be possible in the future.


Read more: In 2022 both the European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships and the European U15 Championships will be held in Finland

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