Thailand selected to host 2018 Thomas Cup and Uber Cup finals

Thailand selected to host 2018 Thomas Cup and Uber Cup finals

BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer, centre, pose with Thai officials in Kuala Lumpur. photo: Syamil Rosli
BWF president Poul-Erik Hoyer, centre, pose with Thai officials in Kuala Lumpur. photo: Syamil Rosli

Thailand has been selected to host the 2018 Thomas Cup and Uber Cup finals by the Badminton World Federation.

The Kingdom was picked to stage the 30th Thomas Cup and 27th Uber Cup during a meeting of the governing body's executive members in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, according to Khunying Patama Leeswadtrakul, president of the Badminton Association of Thailand.

They will be the first major international badminton events to be held in Thailand.

Patama thanked Thai officials, players, coaches and fans for their roles in the success.

"It's an honour for Thailand to host these world-class events,'' she said.

"This will be good for the country's economy and tourism."

During the two tournaments, the BWF will also hold a meeting of its executives in Thailand.

More than 2,000 participants will visit Thailand during that period, she added.

The BAT will need more than 100 million baht to host the events which are expected to be held at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

Patama said the Thai teams may be contenders in the two events.

Thailand's best results were second place in the 1961 Thomas Cup and third place at the 2012 Uber Cup.

Also on Saturday, China's Nanjing and Switzerland's Basel were selected to host the 2018 and 2019 world championships respectively.

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