KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia would hold the World Super Series Masters Finals next month, Badminton World Federation announced yesterday, saying it had struggled to find a host due to the tough economic times.
The event will be held from December 2-6 here.
a�?It is with a sense of extreme pleasure that we are now able to announce the much-awaited news regarding the host of the Super Series Finals,a�? said Badminton World Federation (BWF) deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho.
a�?Due to the difficult financial climate this year, it has not been possible to secure the host before this,a�? he said in a statement.
a�?Last yeara��s finals in Kota Kinabalu were very well received and we expect fans in Malaysia to once again support the finals,a�? he added.
The format of the competition – which concludes the 12-leg BWF World Super Series – remains unchanged, with the top eight ranked players or pairs in the Super Series ranking qualifying for the finals.
The finals prize pool is US$500,000 with the winners of the mena��s and womena��s singles pocketing US$40,000 each. a�� AFP