Badminton Europe has confirmed the European Junior Championships will take place from October 29 to November 7 after agreement was reached with Finnish authorities over COVID-19 travel protocols.
Badminton Europe said it informed participating teams that a COVID-19 travel protocol has been negotiated in cooperation with the Finnish Border Guard, meaning that all teams will be able to enter Finland without a 14-day quarantine period.
Teams must arrive in Finland on October 25 as part of the agreement.
Participants from countries not on Finland’s green list must show a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival.
Everybody will be tested onsite three days after their arrival before the tournament starts.
Badminton Europe has promised teams who had withdrawn from the tournament will be given the opportunity to re-enter, following the decision to hold the Championships.
Jimmy Andersen, Badminton Europe deputy secretary general, welcomed the positive response of National Federations to confirmation that the tournament will take place.
"It pleases me to see that a vast majority of the entering associations have confirmed their entry to us after having received the COVID-19 protocol for the event," he said.
"It shows that they trust us and Badminton Finland in our endeavours to have this event played and that they really want to give their players the opportunity for playing this, for them, important event.
"I am very pleased to see the event going ahead, and I can only express my deep gratitude to our members for their support – and in particular to Badminton Finland for their hard and dedicated work.
"Teams, who entered in the first place but subsequently informed us about their withdrawal after receiving the COVID-19 protocol, will be given the chance to re-enter.
"Some members were maybe hoping to see a postponement of the event, and if that was the case, then they shall be allowed to take part, now that the event is confirmed – for the sake of their young players."
The event is due to begin with the European Junior Team Championships from October 29 to November 2.
The individual event is scheduled to follow from October 29 to November 2.
"This tournament is important – not only for Badminton Europe and Badminton Finland, but also for the players participating," Peter Tarcala, the Badminton Europe President, said.
"For many of the players this is the last major tournament as a youth player, before they take the next step in their career.
"I am pleased that they get to experience one last European Championships despite of the difficult situation around Europe."
Competition will take place at the Pajulahti Sports Centre
Badminton Europe said the Päijät-Häme region, where the venue is based, has seen only 35 COVID-19 infections diagnosed in the past two weeks.
A total of 250 cases have been reported in the region since the start of the pandemic in March.
"We are glad about the final confirmation that the EJC will go ahead so this age group also gets to compete at the European Junior Championships," said Ville Valorinta, the Badminton Finland secretary general.
"We welcome all teams to Pajulahti and look forward to a great and safe tournament."