The international badminton calendar has been updated with the invitation of Yonex Lavia International

The world and European badminton calendar has been updated with the published invitation for the World Ranking Badminton Tournament “Yonex Latvia International”, which will be held in Jelgava, at the Zemgale Olympic Center from August 31 to September 4. Players from Portugal and Chinese Taipei have already applied for the tournament as the first.

>>> See invitation of Yonex Latvia International 2022

The World Ranking Badminton Tournament in Latvia was restored in 2014, when the tournament was originally held in Riga and was called “Yonex Rīga International”. Since 2016, the tournament has been held in Jelgava and is called “Yonex Latvia International”. Before that, an international ranking badminton tournament was also held in 2005 and 2006.

The organizer of the tournament is the badminton club “Badminton 100” registered in Jelgava. Kristians Rozenvalds will be the tournament director again this year. The tournament is held with the support of the Jelgava City Council, the Council of Latvian Sports Federations and the Latvian Badminton Federation. Since 2014, the Latvian tournament has been sponsored by “Yonex”.

This will be the 7th year in a row when the tournament is held in the student city of Jelgava, 45 km from Riga, the capital of Latvia. This will be the third time when “Yonex Latvia International” will be held at the Zemgale Olympic Center, just like in 2019 and 2020. But in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2021, the tournament was held in the Jelgava sports hall.

“Yonex Latvia International” is one of the five European badminton tournaments that have been held continuously even during the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020 and 2021, similar to the Lavija tournament, the Yonex All England Open, Denmark Open, as well as the international tournaments of Bulgaria and Portugal were also held. 

In 2020, the Latvian tournament held at the end of August was particularly important world wide because it was the first tournament in the world after the Covid-19 break since the Yonex All England Open held in March. The tournament held in Jelgava was a global test of whether and how it is possible to organize badminton tournaments during a pandemic conditions.

In 2018, the Latvian tournament was the largest badminton tournament in Europe, gathering 335 players from 40 countries. Jelgava has been a place where players from Malaysia and Chile, India and Canada, Australia and Iceland meet. Since 2016, Jelgava has been visited by badminton players from more than 51 countries, including from countries rarely seen in Latvia such as French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Trinidad & Tobago.

Until 2019, the 22nd week of the World Calendar was reserved for the Latvian tournament, which was usually at the end of May or the beginning of June. Then the Latvian tournament was held in connection with the Lithuanian tournament, which took place a week later. However, since 2020, initially due to the Covid-19 conditions, the Latvian tournament takes place in the 35th week, which is at the end of August or the beginning of September. In 2022, it was decided to keep the time of the Latvian tournament at the end of summer, because this time is more suitable for organizing the tournament in local conditions. “At the end of August, exams in schools and universities no longer interfere, hotels, gyms, transport, and human resources are more accessible at the end of August. In addition, at the end of August there is less competition with other tournaments in Europe and the world,” explains Kristians Rozenvalds, director of the world-ranked badminton tournament “Yonex Latvia International”.

It is planned to organize three World and European badminton ranking tournaments in Latvia this year. The tournament cycle will start with the European U17 ranking tournament “Yonex Latvia U17” (in Liepāja, from August 11 to 13), then “Yonex Latvia International” (in Jelgava, from August 31 to September 4), and the cycle will end with the World Ranking junior tournament “Yonex Latvia Junior” (in Sigulda, from November 11 to 13).

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