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Markham, A Global Sports Destination: Meet Canada’s National Badminton Team MARKHAM, ON – February 1, 2018 – The City of Markham, in partnership with Badminton Canada and Badminton Ontario, is set to host the 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships from November 5 to 18, 2018 at our world class sports facility, the Markham Pan Am Centre.

For the 600 athletes from over 55 countries, this is a rare opportunity to showcase their skills while competing on Canadian soil. This is only the third time in the history of the sport that Canada has hosted a World Badminton Championships.

Michelle Li is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and has just returned home to Markham from competing against the top ranked Badminton player in the world at the DAIHATSU Indonesia Masters 2018.

On Tuesday, February 6, media are invited to come meet Michelle and other athletes from Team Canada as they prepare for the world stage in November.

What: 2018 World Junior Badminton Championships News Conference

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: E Badminton Club 100 Duffield Drive, Markham ON

Who: Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti

Marty Deacon, Chair, World Junior Championships

Ian Moss, President, Badminton Ontario

Mike Butler, Head Coach, Team Canada

Team Canada athletes Michelle Li and Bryan Yang

Please note that Mayor Scarpitti, Marty Deacon, Ian Moss, Mike Butler, Michelle Li and Bryan Yang will be available for photos and interviews following the news conference

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham: Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416.737.2684.

About Markham: Markham, a municipality with 350,000 residents centrally located in the Greater Toronto area, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community, enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.