By Duncan Mackay

France badmintonJune 24 - France has been awarded two top badminton events, including the European Championships in 2016, it was announced today. 

It will also host the 2017 European Junior Championships. 

The French Badminton Federation (FFBaD) has turned into very reliable and professional organisers of international badminton events in the past few years, with its traditional French Open Super Series and with the perfect hosting of the 2010 World Championships in Paris, Badminton Europe said.

Since 2012 France has also held an International Circuit tournament in Orleans and has successfully hosted the 2013 European Club Championships in Beauvais, outside Paris.

FFBaD will now open an internal bidding procedure to host the two events.

A decision is expected at the end of this year

"It's a wonderful opportunity for us," explained Richard Remaud, President of FFBaD.

"After hosting the 2010 World Championships in Paris, it's another chance to develop badminton in France."

The 2016 European Champions will offer the last world ranking points for that year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 2017 European Junior Championships is due to take place from April 7 to 16 2017.

The FFBaD is one of Europe's fastest growing member associations and currently has 180,000 registered players.

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