Postponement of Youth Olympic Games from Dakar 2022 to Dakar 2026, Disappointment and Opportunities, Indian Badminton Perspective

by BadmintonScholar


Posted on Wed Jan 20 2021


Postponement of Youth Olympic Games from Dakar 2022 to Dakar 2026,  Disappointment and Opportunities, Indian Badminton Perspective

"The postponement is the big blow for the promising Indian youths 2004 born S.Sankar Muthusamy, Men's Singles BWF World Jr Rank 11, 2005 born Tasnim MIR  BWF World Jr Rank 11"

Fourth edition of Summer Youth Olympic Games in Dakar 2022 have been pushed back by four years to 2026, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced. It means that athletes born between 1st Jan 2004 to 31st Dec 2007 are loosing the opportunity to participate in the Youth Summer Olympic games and missing the life time chance.

Eligibility to participate in Badminton events at 2026 Dakar Summer Youth Olympic are

Eligible Categories: Men's Singles, Women's Singles and NOC Mixed Team 

Maximum Qualification Entries: Maximum qualification places are limited to 27 for each category.

Quota Limitation: A maximum of two (2) men and two (2) women from each NOC will qualify, only if both men and/or both women are among the top four of the BWF World Junior Rankings on May 2026. Minimum one Men or/and women who is the countries top  BWF World Junior Rankings can represent.

Age: 14-18 years, Should born between 1st Jan 2008 and 31st Dec 2011

Federation Requirement:  Athletes must be on the World Junior Ranking list of May 2026*.(Last one year ranking period will be considered, from April 2025 to May 2026). Ranking points gained from the following tournaments will be accumulated  by the BWF Junior World Ranking systems.
BWF World Junior Sanctioned Tournaments
Continental Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
Thomas & Uber Cup (all stages)
Sudirman Cup
World Championships
BWF Sanctioned Tournaments Levels 2 – 4
Continental Championships (Individual & Team)


The IOC clarified that the postponement results from the "large scale of the operational challenges which the IOC, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the International Federations (IFs) are facing following the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020". 

The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is an international multi-sport event for athletes between 14-18 years old, organized by the International Olympic Committee. The first  Summer Youth Olympic Games was hosted by Singapore in 2010, and consequently organized every four years once, followed by Nanjing 2014 and Buenos Aires 2018. Now the fourth edition Darkar 2022 is postponed to 2026. One more disappointment here it is that India was the strongest contestant to host  2026 Summer Youth Olympic at Mumbai.

India's Performances in Badminton Summer Youth Olympics:

Buenos Aires 2018 - Lakshya Sen Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy participated and  Lakshya Sen  won silver in Men's Singles and Gold in Mixed Team Event
Nanjing 2014 - Aditya Joshi and Ruthvika Shivani Aditya Joshi  and Aditya Joshi  won bronze in Men's Singles
Singapore in 2010 - Prannoy H.S.and Sai Praneeth c and  Prannoy H.S won silver in Men's Singles

"To Darkar 2026, athletes born between 1st Jan 2008 and 31st Dec 2011 are eligible, 1st Jan 2004 to 31st Dec 2007 born are not"

The postponement is the big blow for the promising Indian youths 2004 born S.Sankar Muthusamy, Men's Singles BWF World Jr Rank 11, 2005 born Tasnim MIR  BWF World Jr Rank 11.


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