The BWF announced that Australia's Gold Coast will host the 2017 Badminton World Federation Sudirman Cup.
This will be the first time the biennial event takes place outside of Europe or Asia since it was first held in 1989. Also known as the World Mixed Team Championships, the Sudirman Cup will be held in conjunction with the BWF annual general meeting from 21-28 May 2017.
Badminton Australia CEO Paul Brettell said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won and that BWF has recognised the Oceania confederation. This is significant for us because we have a partner (Tourism and Events Queensland) who is not only committed to the Sudirman Cup but to the development of badminton overall. We needed a big event like this to give us a profile that will attract sponsors and give us the opportunity to deliver something really big."
BWF President Poul-Erik Høyer added: "We have been impressed by the competent and exciting bids which have been presented here today. Clearly both your organisations and your respective host cities have significant experience in staging world-class events. Add to that the enthusiasm and desire you have shown in this process and it has all made for a tough decision for us BWF Council members."
The 2017 Sudiram Cup will be held at the Carrara Sport and Leisure Centre a new stadium which will be built for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games badminton tournament.