Badminton Australia have successfully filed an application to upgrade the two Grade 3 tournaments scheduled to take place in September 2021.
Bendigo Badminton Association are preparing to welcome international players to their arena for the first time from 16 – 19 September 2021 at the Bendigo International 2021. Originally, the tournament was classed as a BWF International Series tournament, offering $10,000 in prize money. However, the upgrade to a BWF International Challenge sees an increase to USD15,000 prize money and 4000 World Ranking points for the winners (1500 more than the previous allocation as a BWF International Series).
Meanwhile, the Sydney International 2021 is set for a return to the inspirational surroundings of Sydney’s Olympic Park from 22 – 26 September 2021. Similarly, this tournament has also been upgraded from a BWF Future Series event to a BWF International Series, offering USD $5,000 in prize money and 2500 World Ranking points for the winners, as opposed to the 1700 on offer at a Future Series event.
For a full breakdown of World Ranking points, see BWF Statutes Section 5.3.3 “Ranking Systems” of the General Competition Regulations gives a full description of the World Ranking Systems.
“The recent tournaments in Asia allowed us to get a taste of competition, but it would be great to compete on home soil again. I hope this change to Australia’s Grade 3 tournaments attracts more talent and higher ranked players to increasing the level and experience for our region’s players”, says Badminton Oceania Athletes’ Commission Chair, Gronya Somerville.
This has now been actioned and updated on the BWF 2021 Tournament Calendar.