The Ghana national junior badminton team have entered the second phase of their preparations towards the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Junior Championships to be held in Auckland, New Zealand from 11th to 24th January 2021.
Ghana’s phase one preparation, began back in July 2020, at the Accra Sports Stadium, was followed swiftly with strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols as team Ghana readies to take the world next year in Badminton.
19 athletes are currently in camp at the Accra Sports Stadium as they look to make the final 10 (6 males, 4 females) to represent the country at the championships. The camp is set to last for the next 6 weeks with the 19 set to be trimmed after.
This will be Ghana’s second appearance at the World Junior Champions, finishing 21st at their maiden appearance back in 2017 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and Badminton Association of Ghana (BAG) President, Evans Yeboah, said that the association is building a formidable side for the 2021 event.
“We are presenting a very formidable team, 3 years ago when we participated at the World Championships we were 21 out of 64 countries. It was our first time ever in the competition.”
He also revealed that he is confident in a quarter-final place finish saying “We were at 21st in the last World Championships so this time around we want to get to the quarter-finals and we know that we will be able to get there”
“We should be able to win 2 medals in the men’s singles division because we have got some very great young talent that can get us there.” The BAG President further stated
The BWF World Junior Championships comprises two separate competitions; a mixed team championships for the Suhandinata Cup followed by individual championships for the Eye Level Cups–all hosted over 14 days and attracting up to 65 country teams and over 400 players from around the world.
A semi-final place at the World Junior Championships secures athletes the opportunity for scholarships to colleges abroad and an educational and cultural activity day showcasing the rich cultural heritage of each country.