Madrid, host of a World Tour event: the best badminton returns to Spain
Following the success of the European Championships held in Madrid in 2022, which was organized in record time by the Spanish Badminton Federation (FESBA) after receiving the trust of Badminton Europe and the essential support of the City Council of Madrid, the Spanish capital will become one of the main cities of badminton worldwide between 2023 and 2026 as it has been chosen as a host of a HSBC BWF World Tour event.
The Madrid Spain Masters is already on the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar as one of the eleven Super 300 category events, along with Bangkok (Thailand), Texas (USA), Orleans (France), Lucknow (India), Munich and Saarbrücken (Germany), Basel (Switzerland), Taipei and Auckland (New Zealand).
The 2023 edition will take place from March 28th to April 2nd at the Gallur Municipal Sports Center, where the best players in the world, including our great champion Carolina Marín, who precisely won her sixth European championship title on this same stage, will meet. Other Spanish players such as Clara Azurmendi and Beatriz Corrales could also compete in the Madrid Spain Masters.
This important badminton event will be possible thanks to the collaboration of the City Council of Madrid, will be broadcasted by Spanish Television and will allow the return of the World Tour events to Spain, after the Barcelona Spain Masters was not held in 2020. The organization of the aforementioned European Championships in Gallur showcased the organizational capacity of FESBA and the City Council of Madrid, as they had to do one and a half years’ work in just over two months.
The new Madrid Spain Masters will debut in 2023 as a Super 300 category event, whose prize pool amounts to 300,000 euros.
As stated by BWF Secretary General, Thomas Lund, “badminton is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, both in participation and number of fans”. “Having more tournaments gives us the opportunity to continue doing so,” added Lund about the 2023-2026 World Tour, to confess that “we were encouraged by the large number of high-quality offers we received, which is a good omen for a bigger and better tour over the next four years.”