The five hosts for World Superseries Premier events are:
All England Open
Malaysia Open The seven hosts for the World Superseries events will be:
Hong Kong Open
The announcement leaves China with one less Superseries tournament than before, moves the Malaysia Open up to Premier status – assuming the position abdicated by the Korea Open, which did not bid for a Premier this time.
Australian Open becomes the newcomer to host a Superseries event. The remaining hosts for the 2014-2017 cycle retained their spots from the previous cycle.
Chinese Taipei and Thailand were two countries who joined the bidding to host a Superseries event, only to learn that their Superseries bids were rejected. Badminton Association of Thailand President Charoen Wattanasin (pictured below), when asked about his association’s losing his bid said, “I’m very disappointed, but I’m too old to cry.”
The Australians were probably the happiest contingent at the press conference.
The BWF has also announced that the Superseries Premier events will offer a minimum US $500,000 in prize money beginning in 2014, with the amount to increase $50,000 each year until 2017. Non-Premier Superseries events will offer a minimum US $250,000 beginning in 2014 with a minimum increase of $25,000 each year through 2017.
Also announced at the press conference was a decision to introduce a Thomas Cup-style dual-draw system for the Rio Olympics in an effort to reduce the likelihood of match-throwing such as happened in London.