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Badminton U16 World Championships Held in Yamagata Prefecture 32 U16 representatives from 12 powerful countries will compete in the World Badminton U16 World Championships in Yamagata Prefecture, the de facto world championships for junior high school students

The International Badminton U16 Promotion Council

The International Badminton U16 Promotion Council will hold the "International Badminton U16 Shonai 2024", a world tournament for the U16 generation, on June 29 and 30 in Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture.

Tournament Banner

This is the only international tournament in the U16 category where top athletes from Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas will compete for gold medals, effectively determining the world's best.

They have the potential to compete and win medals at the Brisbane Olympics in eight years' time.

This year marks the third time this tournament has been held, and it will be held in Shonai every year from next year onward.

Tournament Outline

Name: International Badminton U16 Shonai 2024

Events: U16 Men's Singles, U16 Women's Singles

Dates: June 29: Qualifying group stage (09:00-17:00)

      June 30: Final Tournament (09:00-15:00)

Venue: Komakihara Gymnasium, Tsuruoka City, Yamagata Prefecture Admission free

Live Broadcast : Live on YouTube

Participating countries: France, Spain, England, Denmark, Scotland, USA,

      Canada, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Japan

Sponsor : International Badminton U16 Promotion Council

Co-organizer : Tsuruoka City

Supporters : Nippon Badminton Association, Yamagata Badminton Association,

      Yamagata Badminton Association, Yamagata Prefecture, Keio University Shonai Mirai Research Consortium 

Cooperation : Tsuruoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Shonai Tourism and Convention Association,

      Dewa Shonai International Forum

Tournament details:

<Digest movie of the tournament (1min. 37sec.)

Last year's convention in 2023

Pitchamon OPATNIPUTH (Thailand), the women's champion at the 1st U16 Shonai Tournament (2019), went on to win the 2022 Danish Masters and the 2022 Bahrain International. Alex LANIER (France), the men's runner-up in the first tournament, has been very successful, winning the 2022 Canada OP and the 2023 Poland OP. In the future, we can expect many of the Olympic medalists to be players who have competed in the U16 Shonai Tournament.

Players who competed in the 2023 tournament last year