By David Gold

Badminton_world_championshipsSeptember 27 - Macau and Copenhagen will go head to head to host the 2014 Badminton World Championships, with both also vying with Guangzhou to stage the 2013 event.

The prestigious tournament is held every year and is the highlight of the badminton calendar in non-Olympic years.

The race to host the Sudirman Cup, which takes place every two years, in 2013 will be contested by Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne.

Badminton World Federation President Dr Kang Young Joong said: "We are excited to see cities from several continents bidding to host our major events and this shows an increasing interest in the sport world wide."

Copenhagen is the only one of the bidding venues to have hosted a World Championship, having done so on three occasions, whilst Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne will be boosted by having previously staged Commonwealth Games, in 1998 and 2006 respectively.

The decision will be made by the BWF Council when they meet on December 9 2011.

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