For the first time in ISF history, the World Schools Championship (WSC) in badminton is going to be held in India. The WSC will be organised by the School Games Federation of India in cooperation with the Government of Maharashtra under an aegis of ISF.
The event is also supported by Kinder+Sport programme with an aim of bringing the Joy of Moving among the young badminton players taking part in a week long championship.
From April 19-25, young players will gather in Pune, the city also known as the birthplace of Poona, the term used for the sport before defining badminton as the official name.
The goal of the event is supporting education through sport, meaning youth will not be only competing, but also learning about the legacy and the culture the host city has to offer, and embrace the cultural exchange with other participants.
Young athletes, year of birth 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, will meet on April 19 and compete over a course of 6 days.
The event will be set up as a team competition with 2 categories; selected and schools teams.
Schools: students are from the same school.
Selected: students are from the same country but necessary from the same school.
12 countries, from 3 continents, are registered for the championship: United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Italy, Georgia, France, England, Czech Republic, Croatia, Chinese Taipei, China, Bulgaria, Brazil and Belgium Flanders.
13 School Boys teams
Belgium Flanders, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Georgia, India A, India B, Italy, Chinese, Taipei, Turkey
13 School Girls teams
Belgium Flanders, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, England, France, Georgia, India A, India B, Italy, Chinese Taipei, Turkey
8 Selected Boys teams
Brazil, China, France, India A, India B, Chinese, Taipei, Turkey
3 Selected Girls teams
Brazil, China, France, India A, India B, Chinese Taipei, Turkey